Small bowel (small intestine)
Acrodermatitis enteropathica

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 9 February 2018, last major update August 2012

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Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Acrodermatitis enteropathica. website. Accessed October 19th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Autosomal recessive, linked to zinc deficiency, affects children
  • Genetic defect mapped to SLC39A4 gene at 8q24, encodes zinc transporter Zip4 (J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;56:116)
  • Cutaneous lesions (perioral and extremity skin lesions, alopecia, nail dystrophy), diarrhea, malabsorption
  • Zinc sulfate
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Severe villus abnormality in some; normal in others
Electron microscopy description
  • Rod-like fibrillar inclusions in Paneth cells