What are common symptoms of AIP?
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) can cause many different symptoms during an attack:
- Psychological symptoms such as feeling anxious, confused, or depressed
- Muscle weakness
- Fast heart rate
- Pain in the arms, legs, chest, neck, or head
- High blood pressure
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the abdomen
- Dark or reddish urine after the urine has been exposed to air and light
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How does someone get AIP?
AIP is a genetic disease that runs in families:
- In order to have AIP, you must have inherited the affected gene from a parent.
- Even if you have the gene for AIP, you may not have symptoms.
- Symptoms may vary in type, intensity, and frequency among family members.