PICA

 

Description

Pica is the persistent eating of substances such as dirt or paint that have no nutritional value

Symptoms

  • Belly pain
  • Fatigue
  •  nausea
  • behavior problems
  • bloating

Cause

  •  Deficiency in iron, zinc,
  •  Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Dieting
  • Malnourishment

Diagnostic Tests

  • Physical examination
  • blood test
  • X-rays

Treatment

  • Chelation therapy
  • vitamin or mineral supplements