II. Background

  1. Derived from Latin for Magpie
    1. Bird with unusual eating habits

III. Diagnosis: Pica (DSM-V Definition)

  1. Persistent eating of nonnutritive, non-food substances
  2. Eating habits persist for 1 month or more
  3. No associated food aversion
  4. Not appropriate for developmental stage

IV. Symptoms: Voracious consumption of unusual substances

  1. Ice (Pagophagia)
  2. Clay (Geophagia)
  3. Starch (Amylophagia)
  4. Hair (Trichophagia)

V. Associated conditions

VIII. Radiology

  1. Abdominal XRay

IX. Management

  1. General nutrition counseling
  2. Manage associated conditions
    1. Iron Deficiency Anemia
    2. Lead Poisoning
    3. Parasitic Infection
    4. Intestinal Obstruction
  3. Mental health counseling
  4. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)

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