Porphyria cutanea tarda is the most common type of porphyria. It is associated with a deficiency of uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase enzyme responsible for heme synthesis. Clinical manifestations are predominantly dermatological and very rarely present with ocular involvement. Although scleral thinning in the interpalpebral area is a well-documented entity, sight-threatening corneal involvement is rarely described. We, herein report a case of a 58-year-old man who presented with ocular surface dryness, photophobia and mild redness. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy revealed corneo-scleral thinning in both eyes. The diagnosis was confirmed with a urine porphyrin test, serum iron and serum ferritin levels. We started him on conservative management after which he was lost to follow-up. He presented again after 6 years with total corneal opacification and progressive loss of vision in the right eye.
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Contributors SonaliP: methodology, conceptualisation, visualisation, software, writing original draft, investigations. VidhataV: analysis, data curation, writing review and editing. SubhashP: resources, formal analysis, supervision, project administration.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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