Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 876–879 | Cite as

Zinc deficiency manifested by dermatitis and visual dysfunction in a patient with Crohn's disease

  • Seung Jae Myung
  • Suk-Kyun Yang
  • Hwoon-Yong Jung
  • Sung-Ae Jung
  • Gyeong Hoon Kang
  • Hyun Kwon Ha
  • Weon-Seon Hong
  • Young Ii Min

Abstract:

We report a case of Crohn's disease with low serum zinc concentration in a 26-year-old woman. She demonstrated acrodermatitis enteropathica and decreased visual acuity during total parenteral nutrition. Subsequent intravenous zinc supplementation resulted in alleviation of the skin lesions and improvement of visual acuity. This case supports the notion that depressed serum zinc in Crohn's disease may cause clinical manifestations, such as acrodermatitis enteropathica and retinal dysfunction, which may be correctable with zinc supplementation.

Key words: zinc Crohn's disease acrodermatitis enteropathica visual dysfunction 

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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seung Jae Myung
    • 1
  • Suk-Kyun Yang
    • 1
  • Hwoon-Yong Jung
    • 1
  • Sung-Ae Jung
    • 1
  • Gyeong Hoon Kang
    • 2
  • Hyun Kwon Ha
    • 3
  • Weon-Seon Hong
    • 1
  • Young Ii Min
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1 Pungnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, KoreaKR
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1 Pungnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, KoreaKR
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1 Pungnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, KoreaKR

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