Zinc treatment in Pediatric Dermatology.
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Zinc treatment in Pediatric Dermatology was reviewed. The treatment of acrodermatitis enteropathica is first reviewed taking into account the personal experience and the literature data. In 3 personal cases the withdrawal of zinc treatment after 6 to 10 years was not followed by the reappearance of the characteristic symptoms and signs. Zinc metabolism was discussed with regard to the so-called "variant", namely acrodermatitis enteropathica with normal levels of serum zinc. The acquired acrodermatitis enteropathica-like syndrome in the premature was also discussed. Finally, the inappropriate extension of zinc treatment to various dermatoses and the improper use of zinc oxide creams and pastes in the prevention of diaper rash were discussed.