Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Q: What is Pagophagia?

Answer: Pagophagia is the compulsive consumption of ice or icey drinks. It has been very much associated and may be a presenting symptom of iron deficiency anemia. It gets resolved with iron supplementation.

There are 2 underlying resons for this pica. First, ice tastes better if the individual is iron deficient. Second, melting ice in mouth or chewing ice lessen pain in glossitis related to iron deficiency anemia.

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