PICA is an act or habit of eating non-food items such as stone, bricks, chalk, soap, paper, soil etc., It occurs in children who actually start seeing the world through the oral cavity. There are many theories behind it such as iron and zinc deficiency etc., We as dentists should be able to diagnose and treat such conditions, as they may cause ill-effects to the developing dentition. This case report attempt to highlights the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment of pica.
Pica is an eating disorder typically defined as the persistent ingestion of nonnutritive substances for at least 1 month at an age for which this behavior is developmentally inappropriate. It may be benign or may have life-threatening consequences.
Signs and symptoms
The clinical presentation of pica is highly variable and is associated with the specific nature of the resulting medical conditions and the ingested substances. In poisoning or exposure to infectious agents, the reported symptoms are extremely variable and are related to the type of toxin or infectious agent ingested.
This scientific publishes all relevant topics in the area of obesity and eating disorders and the associated areas of obesity like metabolic disorders, childhood obesity, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, bone and joint problems, diet, Sedentary lifestyle, malnutrition and weight loss medication, etc.
Journal of obesity and eating disorders