Misdiagnosed food allergy resulting in severe malnutrition in an infant

Michael Alvares, Leon Kao, Vineeta Mittal, Alice Wuu, April Clark, J. Andrew Bird

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As food allergies become increasingly prevalent and testing methods to identify 'food allergy' increase in number, the importance of careful diagnosis has become even more critical. Misdiagnosis of food allergy and inappropriate use of unproven testing modalities may lead to a harmful food-elimination diet. This case is an example of an infant who was placed on an overly restrictive elimination diet at the recommendation of her health care providers, resulting in kwashiorkor and acquired acrodermatitis enteropathica. Pediatrics 2013;132:e229-e232.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e229-e232
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • Acrodermatitis enteropathica
  • Food allergy
  • Food allergy testing
  • Food intolerance
  • Kwashiorkor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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