Inherited disorders: Questions to ask

Last updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2021

We have covered a diverse range of inherited disorders, so it is impossible to give you a generic list of questions to ask here. However there are a number of questions specific to patients with porphyria, when asked about the suitability of a medicine.
What is the age and sex of patient?

Why type of porphyria does the patient have?
  • Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP)
  • Hereditary Coproporphyria (HCP)
  • Variegate Porphyria (VP)
  • Erythropoietic Protoporphyria (EPP)
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (PCT)
  • Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP)
  • ALAD-deficiency porphyria (ADP)
  • Unknown

What is the current status of the patient's porphyria (i.e. active or latent)?
Does the patient have any history of drug-induced porphyria?
What is the indication for the drug in question?

There are also some more general questions to ask when problem solving.

The 'questions to ask' from every tutorial on this site have been brought together into a Quick Question Guide that you may want to download for future reference.