Pica in adults
Microlytic and hypochromic anemias. In terms of particle size, no geophagic substances were high in clay content 2. The majority of adults with pica do not have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Billing information is also provided. However, an iron, zinc, or calcium deficiency may be associated with pica in some cases.
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However, neither its prevalence nor demographic correlates have been well characterized. While the bulk of the reports of pica have been anecdotal, the prevalence of pica in population-based studies has begun to be reported in the last few decades, mostly among pregnant women  —  and children  — . Households were sampled from each village using systematic random sampling from a census list generated by the research team. In sum, this study is important not only because it is the first empirical evidence of pica and amylophagic behaviors in Madagascar but because it reveals new patterns in consumption. Individuals would typically consume charcoal only when ill and those individuals consuming sand would only do so during very short periods during the year, unlike the other substances consumed frequently which often were lasting behaviors.
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Pica is the craving and purposive consumption of substances not culturally defined as food . Craving a non-food item during pregnancy does not constitute a diagnosis of pica. This forest covers , hectares of lowland and mid-altitude rainforest, and represents the largest remaining tract of contiguous forest in Madagascar . The condition's name comes from the Latin word for the magpie, a bird which is reputed to eat almost anything.
Thus, conflating craved non-food items with those ingested for nutritional, curative, or protective purposes would lead to an overestimation of population prevalence of pica. Each focus group consisted of six people, three men and three women. Niger J Med 25— Our second purpose is to characterize the demographic correlates of pica and amylophagy in Madagascar.