Reemergence of pica following gastric bypass surgery for obesity: A new presentation of an old problem

Robert F. Kushner, Briana Gleason, Victoria Shanta-Retelny

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Abstract

Pica, the compulsive ingestion of nonnutritive substances, has been a fascinating and poorly understood phenomenon for centuries. Pagophagia, or ice eating, is one of the most common forms of pica and is closely associated with the development of iron-deficiency anemia. Although this condition has been well described among pregnant women and malnourished children, particularly in developing countries, it has not been previously reported to occur following gastric bypass surgery for treatment of severe obesity. This article presents two cases of women who experienced a recurrence of pagophagia following gastric bypass surgery, along with an updated review of the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1393-1397
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Volume104
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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