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April 1983

Acquired Zinc Deficiency in a Breast-fed Premature Infant

Author Affiliations

From the Dermatology Unit, Queen Victoria Medical Centre, Melbourne (Drs Connors and Czarnecki); and Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia (Dr Haskett).

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(4):319-321. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650280047014

• Zinc deficiency that was diagnosed at 14 weeks of age developed in a breast-fed premature infant. There was a rapid response to zinc supplements (20 mg/day) and therapy was stopped after three weeks without recurrent disease. The maternal breast milk had a low level of zinc and this could not be corrected by oral zinc supplements.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:319-321)