History of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica
Acrodermatitis Enteropathica (AE) is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder which often presents in newborn infants . This medical condition occurs as a result of mutation of a zinc transporter that affects the uptake of zinc in the intestine causing a decrease in the level of this elemental mineral in the blood . Prior to this knowledge, untreated AE was considered deleterious to the infant’s health and sometimes even fatal [3, 4]. Today however, the treatment involves adding zinc supplements to the patient’s diet which can easily improve the condition [1, 3].
KeywordsZinc Deficiency Serum Zinc Autosomal Recessive Disorder Zinc Transporter Serum Zinc Level
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