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(amylophagia)
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  • Onset of obsessive compulsive disorder in pregnancy with pica as the sole manifestation. [Case Reports]
    Indian J Psychol Med 2012; 34(3):276-8Upadhyaya SK, Sharma A
  • Pica refers to eating of non-nutritious substances, which is usually seen in childhood or pregnancy. Here we report a case of an illiterate tribal woman who developed pica as the sole manifestation of obsessive compulsive disorder, with onset during pregnancy. The patient had compulsions of eating uncooked rice or wheat, which resulted in toothache and abdominal discomfort. She had this habit in …
  • Pica practice among pregnant women in the Kumasi metropolis of Ghana. [Journal Article]
    Int Health 2010; 2(4):282-6Mensah FO, Twumasi P, … Jnr AK
  • Pica, an eating disorder in which non-nutritional objects are frequently eaten, has negative health implications. Despite this, pica is less studied in many African communities where it is believed to be highly prevalent. This study therefore sought to determine the prevalence of pica and its various forms among pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana, and the effects of education and place of residence …
  • Amylophagia presenting as gestational diabetes. [Case Reports]
    Arch Fam Med 2000; 9(7):649-52Jackson WC, Martin JP
  • Amylophagia, or the practice of consuming purified starch, is a particular expression of the more general phenomenon of pica. This compulsive dietary aberration, observed in many pregnant patients worldwide, is common among rural African American women in the southern United States. The effect this practice has on the course of gestational diabetes has not been examined. We report 2 cases of gest…
  • [Pica in Germany--amylophagia as the etiology of iron deficiency anemia]. [Case Reports]
    Z Gastroenterol 1998; 36(8):635-40Menge H, Lang A, Cuntze H
  • 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 southe…
  • Amylophagia and iron deficiency anemia. [Case Reports]
    Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1988; 66(4):448-9Ephros HD, Lee HY
  • Iron deficiency anemia may be associated with dietary practices such as amylophagia, which is seen frequently in women of certain ethnic origins. Starch eating may be a direct or indirect cause or symptom of iron deficiency anemia. Orofacial symptoms of amylophagia and iron deficiency anemia are discussed. A case in which anemia and dietary aberration were incidental to the admitting diagnosis is…
  • Inhibition of intestinal iron absorption by laundry starch. [Journal Article]
    Gastroenterology 1976; 71(6):1028-32Thomas FB, Falko JM, Zuckerman K
  • The pathogenesis of iron deficiency anemia associated with amylophagia is usually attributed to dietary iron lack. However, large quantities of starch may inhibit intestinal iron absorption. Accordingly, studies were carried out to determine the effect of laundry starch on the intestinal absorption of inorganic and hemoglobin iron. In vitro, laundry starch bound 19 to 80% of the available 59FeSO4…
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