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Craving for ice and iron-deficiency anemia: a case series from Oman.
Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2005; 22(2):127-31PH

Abstract

Pagophagia, or the practice of consuming ice, is a particular expression of the more general phenomenon of pica. Pagophagia is a complex behavioral phenomenon arising from the interplay of biochemical, hematological, psychological, and cultural factors. This compulsive dietary aberration is observed in many children and pregnant women worldwide. The authors report 3 cases of severe iron deficiency anemia with a serum ferritin level of 2-3 ng/mL, in which the patients were consuming 2 trays and many bags of ice per day. Following treatment with iron therapy, pagophagia spontaneously resolved within 2 weeks. It is a commonly missed problem. Pediatricians should be alert to this phenomena and its association with iron-deficiency anemia.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Alkodh, Oman.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15804997

Citation

Osman, Youssef M., et al. "Craving for Ice and Iron-deficiency Anemia: a Case Series From Oman." Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, vol. 22, no. 2, 2005, pp. 127-31.
Osman YM, Wali YA, Osman OM. Craving for ice and iron-deficiency anemia: a case series from Oman. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2005;22(2):127-31.
Osman, Y. M., Wali, Y. A., & Osman, O. M. (2005). Craving for ice and iron-deficiency anemia: a case series from Oman. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 22(2), pp. 127-31.
Osman YM, Wali YA, Osman OM. Craving for Ice and Iron-deficiency Anemia: a Case Series From Oman. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2005;22(2):127-31. PubMed PMID: 15804997.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Craving for ice and iron-deficiency anemia: a case series from Oman. AU - Osman,Youssef M, AU - Wali,Yasser A, AU - Osman,Osman M, PY - 2005/4/5/pubmed PY - 2005/8/5/medline PY - 2005/4/5/entrez SP - 127 EP - 31 JF - Pediatric hematology and oncology JO - Pediatr Hematol Oncol VL - 22 IS - 2 N2 - Pagophagia, or the practice of consuming ice, is a particular expression of the more general phenomenon of pica. Pagophagia is a complex behavioral phenomenon arising from the interplay of biochemical, hematological, psychological, and cultural factors. This compulsive dietary aberration is observed in many children and pregnant women worldwide. The authors report 3 cases of severe iron deficiency anemia with a serum ferritin level of 2-3 ng/mL, in which the patients were consuming 2 trays and many bags of ice per day. Following treatment with iron therapy, pagophagia spontaneously resolved within 2 weeks. It is a commonly missed problem. Pediatricians should be alert to this phenomena and its association with iron-deficiency anemia. SN - 0888-0018 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15804997/Craving_for_ice_and_iron_deficiency_anemia:_a_case_series_from_Oman_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08880010590896486 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -