Acquired bullous acrodermatitis enteropathica as a histologic mimic of pemphigus foliaceus in a patient on parenteral nutrition

Davina Wu, Maxwell A Fung, Maija Ht Kiuru, Victoria R. Sharon

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Abstract

Acquired zinc deficiency can develop as a consequence of poor nutritional intake or from dependence on total parenteral nutrition. Acquired zinc deficiency dermatitis classically manifests with erosions and scaly plaques in a periorificial and acral distribution. We present a case of a woman on parenteral nutrition who presented with bullous acrodermatitis mimicking pemphigus foliaceus histopathologically. This case highlights clinical and histopathologic variants of zinc deficiency that may lead to a delay in diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Volume23
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Acantholysis
  • Bullae
  • Parenteral nutrition
  • Zinc deficiency dermatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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