Radiological changes in pica.


The significance of pica and geophagia as a public health problem is well known. The objective radiographic diagnosis of geophagia depends on the abnormal opacification of the bowel as an immediate manifestitation of the condition. The chance of detectability of geophagia is highest in the colon and can be improved by using low penetration films, particularly for smaller amounts of ingested clay. Other radiologic changes frequently associated with the prolonged practice of geophagic are an atonic pattern of the colon, secondary radiographic changes due to iron-deficiency anemia and bone-age retardation. The occurrences of intestinal obstruction due to pica in the presence of preexisting bowel stricture is demonstrated.

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@article{Vessal1975RadiologicalCI, title={Radiological changes in pica.}, author={Karim Vessal and Hossain A Ronaghy and Mehdi Zarabi}, journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition}, year={1975}, volume={28 10}, pages={1095-8} }