GEORGE MEYER, M.D.
To the editor: The recent observations of decreased zinc and copper levels in patients after intestinal bypass procedures in the absence of skin lesions seems, at first glance, to be an observation in search of a disease (1). However, the finding strengthens a suspicion that low zinc levels in these patients may add to the protein deficiency that develops in the postoperative period. Because zinc deficiency may alter the senses of taste and smell, it seems likely that, in some cases, dysosmia (perverted smell) and dysgeusia (perverted taste) may develop, leading to avoidance of certain foods with subsequent protein deficiency
MEYER G. Intestinal Bypass and Zinc. Ann Intern Med. ;90:278. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-2-278_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(2):278.
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