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Acquired zinc deficiency in full-term newborns from decreased zinc content in breast milk.
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PMID:  17713143     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Zinc deficiency occurs in children when the demand for zinc exceeds its supply. Malnutrition, prematurity, total parenteral nutrition dependence, and burns increase the demand for zinc, whereas congenital malabsorption syndromes represent clinical situations where less zinc is supplied to the growing child. Clinical recognition of acral eczematous lesions, alopecia, and gastrointestinal tract symptoms in settings of the aforementioned medical history often lead to the diagnosis. Zinc deficiency in healthy, full-term, breast-fed infants can occur. The cause of these deficiencies has been attributed to decreased zinc levels in maternal breast milk. We present a case of acquired zinc deficiency in a healthy breast-fed infant, with a review of the English language literature of reported cases.
Elena C Haliasos; Patricia Litwack; Leonard Kristal; Anupama Chawla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cutis     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0011-4162     ISO Abbreviation:  Cutis     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-23     Completed Date:  2007-10-16     Revised Date:  2013-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006440     Medline TA:  Cutis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  425-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Dermatology, New Brunswick, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / adverse effects*
Infant, Newborn
Milk, Human / chemistry*
Zinc / analysis,  deficiency*
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