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January 1983

Cystic Fibrosis Manifesting With Acrodermatitis Enteropathica-like Eruption: Association With Essential Fatty Acid and Zinc Deficiencies

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Dermatology, the Departments of Internal Medicine (Dr Hansen) and Pediatrics (Drs Hansen, Lemen, and Revsin), University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, Tucson.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(1):51-55. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650250055016

• A refractory dermatitis resembling acrodermatitis enteropathica was the manifesting sign in a 5-month-old male infant with cystic fibrosis, preceding pulmonary and gastrointestinal tract symptoms by two months. The eruption was clearly nutritionally responsive. Biochemical evidence was shown for deficiencies of zinc, essential fatty acids, and protein. Altered prostaglandin metabolism was also demonstrated.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:51-55)

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