EurekaMag.com logo
+ Site Statistics
References:
53,869,633
Abstracts:
29,686,251
+ Search Articles
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
EurekaMag Most Shared ContentMost Shared
EurekaMag PDF Full Text ContentPDF Full Text
+ PDF Full Text
Request PDF Full TextRequest PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on FacebookFollow on Facebook
Follow on TwitterFollow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedInFollow on LinkedIn

+ Translate

Iron deficiency and pica



Iron deficiency and pica



Sangre 43(1): 31-34



Purpose: To study the relationship between pica and iron-lack anaemia in a series of iron-deficiency patients in order to establish the pathogenesis of such relationship. Patients and methods: Four-hundred and thirty-three patients were analysed. Pica was studied by introducing certain diet queries into the clinical history. All patients received oral iron and were periodically controlled with the usual clinico-haematological procedures. Results: Pica was present in 23 patients (5.3 %). Eight nourishing (namely, coffee grains, almonds, chocolate, ice, lettuce, carrots, sunflower seeds and bread) and 2 non-nourishing (clay and paper) substances were involved. A second episode of pica appeared in 9 cases upon relapsing of iron deficiency. Both anaemia and pica were cured by etiologic and substitutive therapy in all instances. No clear correlation was found with either socioeconomic status or pathogenetic causes of iron deficiency and pica, and no haematological differences were seen between patients with pica and those without this alteration. Conclusions: (1) The pathogenesis of pica is unclear, although it appears unrelated to the degree of iron deficiency. (2) According to the findings in this series, pica seems a consequence of iron deficiency rather than its cause. (3) Adequate therapy can cure both conditions, although pica may reappear upon relapse of iron deficiency.

(PDF emailed within 1 workday: $29.90)

Accession: 010885134

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 9580426



Related references

A rare outcome of iron deficiency and pica: Rapunzel syndrome in a 5-year-old child iron deficiency and pica. Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology 25(1): 100-102, 2015

CommonTMPRSS6mutations and iron, erythrocyte, and pica phenotypes in 48 women with iron deficiency or depletion. 2012

Common TMPRSS6 mutations and iron, erythrocyte, and pica phenotypes in 48 women with iron deficiency or depletion. Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases 48(2): 0-127, 2012

Common TMPRSS6 mutations and iron, erythrocyte, and pica phenotypes in 48 women with iron deficiency or depletion. Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases 48(2): 124-127, 2012

Pica in iron deficiency. Tidsskr. norske Laegeforening. 79: 398-399, 1959

Pica & iron deficiency. Svenska Lakartidningen 55(6): 387-391, 1958

Pica and iron deficiency. JAMA 207(3): 552-553, 1969

Pica and iron deficiency anemia. Child Care Health & Development 17(4): 231-234, 1991

Pica and iron deficiency in children. Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde 137(35): 1753-1755, 1993

Adolescence, pica and iron deficiency. Archives Francaises de Pediatrie 49(9): 779-783, 1992

Pica as a manifestation of iron deficiency. Expert Review of Hematology 9(11): 1075-1080, 2016

Carotenemia by pica due to an iron deficiency. Revue Francaise d'Endocrinologie Clinique Nutrition et Metabolisme 31(3): 269-273, 1990

Iron deficiency anaemia and pica. South African Medical Journal 70(8): 473-475, 1986

Iron deficiency anemia and pica. South African Medical Journal 70(8): 473-475, 1986

Pica and iron deficiency in adolescence. Archives Francaises de Pediatrie 49(9): 779-783, 1992