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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1199-1202
Acquired zinc deficiency in a renal transplant recipient with gastrointestinal tuberculosis responding promptly to oral correction

Department of Dermatology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Ram H Malkani
Department of Dermatology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.243962

PMID: 30381519

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Zinc deficiency is an uncommon condition, known to occur in two forms: inherited type, known as Acrodermatitis enteropathies and the acquired type. Cutaneous clinical manifestations observed include characteristic dermatitis on acral, periorificial, and anogenital areas through an unknown mechanism. The patient had a combination of causes which lead to a state of zinc deficiency. We are presenting it due to the rarity of acquired acrodermatitis in patients of gastrointestinal tuberculosis and renal transplant recipients. We emphasize the awareness about this condition, especially in resource-poor settings, where serum zinc levels may not be available, and a trial of oral zinc may be given.

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