Anemia por déficit de ácido folico es una de las causas principales de la pica, se trata de un trastorno digestivo que se caracteriza por la ingesta de material no alimenticio como el hielo, la tierra y otros. También se ve en embarazadas con anemia por la misma causa.
There can sometimes be an underlying iron-deficiency, also relations to OCD and Autism are currently being researched but they still aren't sure what causes one person to develop it over another with similar risk factors.
Sometimes it could be related to a zinc deficiency also.
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Wow, how does one even successfully swallow some of those things?!😳
Speech Language Pathologist
Put it in applesauce, works like a charm 😉
Only an SLP would come up with that one! ☺️
Speech Language Pathologist
Love this answer! #fellowslp
A friend of mine had pica during pregnancy and would buy a box of white chalk and grind it to dust on her teeth. She also reported a compulsion as driving by a construction site and wanting to dive into a big pile of dirt with a spoon. Totally went away after pregnancy.
I've heard about pica and dirt cravings in pregnancy before. It can mean the body is lacking something, some mineral, the dirt contains.
Ive heard that chalk is quite a common one, the body is a weird machine!
I've heard of this too. Several years ago I was in the southern USA and noticed they sold "white dirt" in gas stations. Their reply is exactly what you mentioned above- mostly pregnant women came in craving it.
I had a patient with Sickle Cell Disease who ate corn starch.
Does that qualify as pica though? It's unusual, but I thought for pica it had to be a nonfood substance. Corn starch is food, and it's even nutritive.
I had a TBI survivor who could only buy groceries 1-2 days at a time as he would eat everything, and I mean everything, in the house pretty much every day. I guess it would be considered more of an eating disorder than pica, but he would eat an entire bottle of mustard or whole bottle of salad dressing in one go.
I don't have a liking for straight up corn starch, even though it can be used in food products, but eating it as is, yes, I would say Pica. Also had a patient that ate her hair from her weave, requiring abdominal surgery, as it turned into a big bezoar.
Hmmm, this is serious
Wow! I'm always amazed at how anyone manages to swallow some of this stuff without it getting lodged in the esophagus.
Had a patient with pica eat his heplock/IV catheter. He had a 24 hour sitter but still managed to eat several things, including the zipper pull off his sitter's jacket.
Normally stoic am I. However with that being said,can't help but chuckle on several fronts.
What was the patient's developmental level?
Seems to have a preference for things that are black.
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