Geophagy

Mr Andrew Murphy and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Geophagy is the intentional ingestion of earth, soil or clay and is a form of pica. This practice is not uncommon in the southern regions of the United States or provinces of Africa. It may be seen in pregnant or iron-deficient patients 3. Although geophagia may be seen in the context of a variety of different cultural or religious practices, it is also encountered in patients with behavioural disturbances or psychiatric disease 4

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rID: 30976
Section: Pathology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Geophagia

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