Pitfalls in the approach to pica

@article{Fotoulaki2006PitfallsIT,
  title={Pitfalls in the approach to pica},
  author={M. Fotoulaki and P. Panagopoulou and I. Efstratiou and S. Nousia-Arvanitakis},
  journal={European Journal of Pediatrics},
  year={2006},
  volume={166},
  pages={623-624}
}
We report here a case of pica with the aim of illustrating how a common gastrointestinal problem may be masked and treated as a psychiatric condition. A 12-year-old male was referred to our hospital for anorexia, nausea, vomiting, stool discoloration and weight loss. At 2.5 years of age, he manifested persistent iron deficiency anaemia. At 4 years, he started eating paper and was referred for psychiatric evaluation and follow-up. Six months prior to admission, he underwent psychotherapy. Upon… Expand
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