Zinc deficiency can present in many ways and should be considered in people with at-risk conditions. Aside from the severe rash of acrodermatitis enteropathica seen in profound zinc deficiency, the manifestations of zinc deficiency are protean and non-specific. The diagnosis can be especially elusive because symptoms may overlap with the many conditions that predispose to zinc deficiency. For this reason, a high index of suspicion is critical.
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