What is the prognosis of acrodermatitis enteropathica?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019
  • Author: Kristina Marie Dela Rosa, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

With zinc supplementation, the response rate is 100%; however, without appropriate zinc supplementation, acrodermatitis enteropathica usually is lethal within the first few years of life. Untreated infants exhibit severe growth retardation, dermatitis, alopecia, secondary bacterial and fungal infections, and neurologic and behavioral changes; however, all symptoms are reversible with therapy.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!