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Research Letter
June 12, 2019

Clinical Outcomes of Hospitalized Adult Patients With Dermatologic Manifestations of Protein Malnutrition and Zinc Deficiency

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2currently a medical student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. 2019;155(8):975-977. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.0854

Despite adequate or excess total caloric intake, protein-energy malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in minerals such as zinc and other essential vitamins can occur due to increased physiological demand and consumption of nutrient-poor foods.1-4 Dermatologic manifestations of these deficiencies, when presenting in the hospitalized adult patient of an industrialized, developed nation, may signify severe, combined malnutrition and may be associated with a poor outcomes.