The role of zinc in total parenteral nutrition

N. Principi, A. Giunta, A. Gervasoni

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Zinc deficiency was observed in an infant receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for chronic untractable diarrhoea. Clinical findings included low zinc plasma levels, skin lesions and loss of all the advantages of TPN such as weight gain, serum proteins and albumin increase and normalization of intestinal mucosa. Oral administration of zinc sulphate was the decisive factor making possible both the improvement of clinical and laboratory findings and alimentation by natural route.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-132
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica Scandinavica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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