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Diagnosis of acrodermatitis enteropathica in resource limited settings
  1. Tanvi Dev,
  2. Gomathy Sethuraman
  1. Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Gomathy Sethuraman, aiimsgsr{at}


Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) is a rare inherited zinc deficiency that usually manifests in infancy within days in cases of bottlefed infants and days to weeks after weaning in breastfed infants. It is characterised by diarrhoea, dermatitis, alopecia and systemic symptoms. We report a case of acquired nutritional AE in a 6-month-old female infant who had diarrhoeal episodes and the characteristic dermatitis lesions in the acral and anogenital regions. She responded dramatically to oral zinc supplementation.

  • dermatology
  • nutrition
  • paediatrics(drugs And Medicines)
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  • Contributors TD and GS evaluated, assessed and managed the case. TD and GS wrote the manuscript, critically revised and approved it for submission.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained from guardian.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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