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What is the definition of Acrodermatitis Enteropathica?
Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) is a disorder of zinc metabolism that can either be inherited or acquired. Both forms lead to the inability to absorb zinc from the intestine. The lack of zinc can cause skin inflammation with a rash (pustular dermatitis) around the mouth and/or anus; diarrhea; and abnormal nails (nail dystrophy). Irritability and emotional disturbances can also occur. The inherited form is caused by genetic changes in the SLC39A4 gene and inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. The acquired form can result from diets lacking the appropriate amount of zinc.
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What are the alternative names for Acrodermatitis Enteropathica?
  • Acrodermatitis enteropathica
  • Enteropathica
  • AE
  • AEZ
  • Acrodermatitis enteropathica zinc deficiency type
  • Brandt syndrome
  • Danbolt-Cross syndrome
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Published Date: May 02, 2022
Published By: Genetic and Rare Diseases Informnation Center

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