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An 80 year old patient, living by himself, presents to your office. He complaints about loss of taste and smell when preparing food. He further mentions that the bruises he suffers once in a while seem to heal very poorly.

The patient is most likely deficient in:

1. Vitamin C
2. Flouride
3. Chromium
4. Zinc
5. Copper
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I'll go with #4 (Zinc). I remember it was involved with poor wound healing AND an altered taste of smell. Can't say I know why, so once you reveal the answer can you please explain it for me? Thanks
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It seems Zn more likely, as taste buds contain gusten a protein necessary for taste sensation which requires Zn as a structural component.....on the other way around Zn is essential for healing as it is involved in collagen synthesis where deficiency lead to decrease in wound strength.....as for I can't co-relate smell sensation for now......
Though from me Answer is (4) Zn
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An 80 year old patient, living by himself, presents to your office. He complaints about loss of taste and smell when preparing food. He further mentions that the bruises he suffers once in a while seem to heal very poorly.

The patient is most likely deficient in:

1. Vitamin C
2. Flouride
3. Chromium
4. Zinc
5. Copper
Zinc is likely
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i also agree with zinc
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An 80 year old patient, living by himself, presents to your office. He complaints about loss of taste and smell when preparing food. He further mentions that the bruises he suffers once in a while seem to heal very poorly.

The patient is most likely deficient in:

1. Vitamin C
2. Flouride
3. Chromium
4. Zinc
5. Copper
so what was the answer please???
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Sorry totally forgot to answer... Zinc is Correct... Also mentioned in FA
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As for now poor wound healing and loss of taste is self explanatory for zinc.
need an explanation for loss of smell if the answer is zinc .... !!
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