A case of acrodermatitis enteropathica
Acrodermatitis enteropathica is a rare hereditary disorder affecting zinc metabolism that is characterized by dermatitis, alopecia, gastrointestinal disturbances, eye infections, and growth failure. We report a 17-month-old girl with acrodermatitis enteropathica. Physical examination showed a cutaneous eruption consisting of vesiculobullous and psoriasiform skin lesions symmetrically distributed in the perioral, acral, and perineal areas. Her plasma zinc level was decreased (75 ?g/dl), but within the normal range (60.00-135.00 ?g/dl). The patient was given zinc sulfate 50 mg/day. At the end of two months, she had significantly improved.