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[Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the etiology of iron deficiency anemia].
Z Gastroenterol 1998; 36(8):635-40ZG

Abstract

Pica (pica = magpie) is an eating disorder that is manifested by a craving for oral ingestion of a given substance that is unusual in kind (nonfood items) or quantity (food items). Pica has been described as a world wide phenomenon, but there are more frequent occurrences of selected substances among selected groups--especially young children and black pregnant and nonpregnant women in the southern part of the USA. In Central Europe and Germany this syndrome has not been described in the moderne literature. For this reason, we report a case of pica for starch associated with severe iron deficiency anemia in Germany. Iron deficiency anemia and--less often-potassium and zinc deficiency are the main complications of an excessive starch or clay ingestion, followed by gastrointestinal obstructions due to gastroliths or impaction. Additionally, naphtalene poisoning (in pica for toilet air-freshener blocks), phosphorus poisoning (in matches pica), mercury poisoning (in paper pica), and lead poisoning (in dried paint pica) have been described.

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Klinikum Remscheid GmbH, Medizinische Klinik II.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Case Reports
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Language

ger

PubMed ID

9773481

Citation

Menge, H, et al. "[Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the Etiology of Iron Deficiency Anemia]." Zeitschrift Fur Gastroenterologie, vol. 36, no. 8, 1998, pp. 635-40.
Menge H, Lang A, Cuntze H. [Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the etiology of iron deficiency anemia]. Z Gastroenterol. 1998;36(8):635-40.
Menge, H., Lang, A., & Cuntze, H. (1998). [Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the etiology of iron deficiency anemia]. Zeitschrift Fur Gastroenterologie, 36(8), pp. 635-40.
Menge H, Lang A, Cuntze H. [Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the Etiology of Iron Deficiency Anemia]. Z Gastroenterol. 1998;36(8):635-40. PubMed PMID: 9773481.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the etiology of iron deficiency anemia]. AU - Menge,H, AU - Lang,A, AU - Cuntze,H, PY - 1998/10/17/pubmed PY - 1998/10/17/medline PY - 1998/10/17/entrez SP - 635 EP - 40 JF - Zeitschrift fur Gastroenterologie JO - Z Gastroenterol VL - 36 IS - 8 N2 - Pica (pica = magpie) is an eating disorder that is manifested by a craving for oral ingestion of a given substance that is unusual in kind (nonfood items) or quantity (food items). Pica has been described as a world wide phenomenon, but there are more frequent occurrences of selected substances among selected groups--especially young children and black pregnant and nonpregnant women in the southern part of the USA. In Central Europe and Germany this syndrome has not been described in the moderne literature. For this reason, we report a case of pica for starch associated with severe iron deficiency anemia in Germany. Iron deficiency anemia and--less often-potassium and zinc deficiency are the main complications of an excessive starch or clay ingestion, followed by gastrointestinal obstructions due to gastroliths or impaction. Additionally, naphtalene poisoning (in pica for toilet air-freshener blocks), phosphorus poisoning (in matches pica), mercury poisoning (in paper pica), and lead poisoning (in dried paint pica) have been described. SN - 0044-2771 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/9773481/[Pica_in_Germany__amylophagia_as_the_etiology_of_iron_deficiency_anemia]_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/3873 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -