Pica (disorder)

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Pica
Classification and external resources

Stomach contents of a psychiatric inpatient with pica
ICD-10 F50.8, F98.3
ICD-9 307.52
DiseasesDB 29704
eMedicine ped/1798
MeSH D010842

Pica (/ˈpkə/ PY-kə) is an eating disorder where a person wants to eat things that are not normal to eat, for example nails, rocks or feces. A person with pica may also have a strong want to eat unusual things that are normally considered food but not in the normal way, for example, uncooked potatoes, flour or starch. It is common in small children.