Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Pica

Louis Hagopian, Ph.D., Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H.
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DEFINITION

  • The persistent ingestion of nonnutritive, nonfood items that is neither developmentally nor culturally appropriate and poses potential medical risks.

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Last updated: October 17, 2014