Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
October 2009, Volume 1 Number 5 , p 305 - 308
Implications for Practice: This article discusses porphyria cutanea tarda and outlines typical clinical and laboratory findings for practitioners to be able to recognize and diagnose it and initiate treatment before unnecessary tests or procedures are performed and harm comes to a patient due to lack of treatment. With proper recognition, this disorder can be treated and controlled. Furthermore, this condition provides an opportunity for nurses to do extensive teaching. Dermatology nurses must not only provide education on photoprotection but must also address the issue of alcohol abuse.