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Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2005 Mar;132(3):246-8.

[Acrodermatitis enteropathica in full-term breast-fed infant].

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  • 1Service de Dermatologie, Hôpital Charles Nicolle, Tunis, Tunisie.



Acrodermatitis enteropathica is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, caused by impaired absorption of zinc from the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of acrodermatitis enteropathica occur within the first few months after birth and tend to appear shortly after discontinuation of breast-feeding. We report a breast-fed infant with acrodermatitis enteropathica.


A full term, 4-month-old girl, consulted in dermatologic department for persistent and refractory anogenital lesions since the age of 1 month, with progressive erythematous, vesiculous and squamous lesions, sometimes erosive in a peri orificial and acral pattern. She was calm and healthy baby. She was breast feeding. The diagnosis of acrodermatitis enteropathica was confirmed by decreased plasma zinc level (14 microg/100 ml). Breast milk zinc levels was low (46 microg/100 ml), as plasma zinc level of the mother (94 microg/100 ml). A genetic study showed that she was homozygous for the mutation, whereas her brother and parents were heterozygous. She was given zinc sulphate, and her condition has improved significantly.


Acrodermatitis enteropathica is characterized by a characteristic clinical feature and the diagnosis is confirmed by decreased plasma zinc level. Acrodermatitis enteropathica in exclusively breast fed infant is rare, it was essentially reported in premature babies. Our case report is particular because it's concerning a full-term breast-fed infant, with zinc deficiency in breast milk and mother's decreased plasma zinc level.

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