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A diagnostic challenge: a case of acrodermatitis enteropathica without hypozincemia and with maternal milk of low zinc level.

Research paper by Semih S Tatlican, Burcu B Yamangokturk, Cemile C Eren, Ozlem O Gulbahar, Fatma F Eskioglu

Indexed on: 03 Sep '10Published on: 03 Sep '10Published in: Pediatric Dermatology



Abstract

Acrodermatitis enteropathica is a rare and distinct form of zinc deficiency with a requirement of life-long zinc supplementation and inherited in a recessive manner. Transient nutritional zinc deficiency is also a well known condition mimicking acrodermatitis enteropathica like skin changes in preterm and term infants who are generally breastfed with a low level of zinc containing milk. Here, a 4-month-old male, term and fully breastfed acrodermatitis enteropathica case without hypozincemia and with maternal milk of low zinc level is presented.