Geophagy

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Geophagy is the intentional ingestion of earth, soil or clay and is a form a pica. This practice is not uncommon in the southern United States or in Africa, and may be seen in pregnant or iron deficient patients 3. Geophagia may be seen in the context of normal cultural or religious practices, and also in patients with psychiatric disease 4

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

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