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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 183-185

A case of pica following a paramilitary pre-employment orientation camp

Department of Haematology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

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S P Ogundeji
Department of Haematology, University College Hospital, Ibadan
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DOI: 10.4103/1115-2613.278308

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BACKGROUND Pica is an unusual craving for and ingestion of either edible or inedible substances first observed in pregnant women but has been reported in all groups of people. Pica poses a significant health risk that often requires medical attention but the awareness of pica among physicians seems to be have reduced. METHOD We report a case study of a young lady who presented with anaemia (pcv=21%) and craving for sand. Laboratory investigations carried out were in keeping with iron deficiency anaemia. CONCLUSION It is therefore postulated that pica may actually be a sign of iron deficiency anaemia.

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