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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 3, 185 - 189

Case report

'My daughter eats my mattress!' - a patient with pica

H.J. Kolthof, E.A.F. van Weel

summary
For the third time a 17-year-old adolescent is presented to a child and adolescent ambulatory mental health clinic, because of eating foam rubber. In this case study pica is being discussed and its possible connection with a somatic disease (sickle cell anaemia). The importance of alertness to unknown symptoms in diagnosing is being underlined, as well as the value of searching for a biological explanation in order to prevent interpreting all strange behaviour as psychosocial of origin.

 

keywords foam rubber, pica, sickle cell anaemia