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Surgery. 1976 Nov;80(5):629-35.

Skin lesions during intravenous hyperalimentation: zinc deficiency.


Of 54 patients who received prolonged intravenous hyperalimentation during the past 4 years, six developed progressive, characteristic skin lesions. These cutaneous manifestations frequently were accompained by abdominal symptoms resembling those of acrodermatitis enteropathica in many respects. In the first four of these six patients, skin eruptions disappeared promptly after the initiation of oral feeding, which led us to assume that these skin manifestations are due to some unknown nutrient deficiency. Our experience in the remaining two patients enabled us to presume the underlying pathology to be zinc deficiency.

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