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Pica: Introduction

Pica: A condition which is characterized by compulsive consumption of foods that contain little nutrition. See detailed information below for a list of 13 causes of Pica, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Pica:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Pica. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Pica:

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Pica: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Pica, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Pica Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Pica may include:

  • No medical treatment is specific in the treatment of patients with pica
  • Behavioural strategies
  • Antecedent manipulation
  • Discrimination training between edible and nonedible items
  • Self protection devices that prohibit placement of objects in the mouth
  • Sensory reinforcement
  • more treatments...»

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Pica: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Pica may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Pica

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Pica: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Pica

ADHD diagnosis overlooked hidden nutritional disorder: The book "A Dose of Sanity" reports on a case of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and receiving Ritalin. His symptoms included tiredness, irritability, poor growth, more »

Causes of Pica listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Pica as a symptom include:

Definitions of Pica:

The persistent eating of nonnutritive substances for a period of at least one month. (DSM-IV)
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Detailed list of causes of Pica

The list below shows some of the causes of Pica mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Pica?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Pica. Of the 13 causes of Pica that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 11 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pica:

The following list of conditions have 'Pica' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Classifications of Pica:

Medical Conditions associated with Pica:

Eating symptoms (2462 causes), Psychiatric symptoms (971 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes)

Symptoms related to Pica:

Eating symptoms (2462 causes), Cravings (32 causes), Food symptoms (1907 causes), Iron deficiency anaemia, Pregnancy (699 causes), Psychiatric disorder, Emotional deprivation in children, Iron deficiency, Lead poisoning

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