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Acrodermatitis Enteropathica (AE) is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder which often presents in newborn infants. This medical condition occurs as a result of mutation of a zinc transporter that affects the uptake of zinc in the intestine causing a decrease in the level of this elemental mineral in the blood. Prior to this knowledge, untreated AE was considered deleterious to the infant’s health and sometimes even fatal. Today however, the treatment involves adding zinc supplements to the patient’s diet which can easily improve the condition.