Human Zinc Deficiency

In addition to dietary inadequacy, there are several routes that lead to zinc deficiency. Acrodermatitis enteropathica, the genetic disorder of zinc malabsorption, has already been mentioned. Other, more generalized, malabsorption syndromes (e.g., coeliac disease) can also lead to zinc deficiency. Deficiency has also resulted from inappropriate intravenous feeding and the use of chelation therapy. Children are likely to be particularly at risk of zinc deficiency, because of its involvement in growth.

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