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Pica girl undergoes surgery
    2018-08-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AN 11-year-old girl in Shenzhen was diagnosed with a condition called pica, a psychological disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, such as ice, hair and paper.

During surgery, doctors with Southern Medical University Shenzhen Hospital found pieces of hair, wool and plastic in her stomach.

According to her father, the girl, identified as Xiaoyi, constantly suffered from conditions like indigestion, constipation, bellyache and poor appetite. Over the past three months, Xiaoyi started to lose her hair and was seen eating fallen hair several times. A medical check revealed a large amount of foreign and unknown objects in her stomach.

“Pica is most commonly seen in pregnant women, small children and those with developmental disabilities like autism,” said Kang Junsheng, a doctor at the hospital.

According to Kang, complications may occur depending on the substances that the children consume. If a child eats painted plaster containing lead, the child may suffer from brain damage due to lead poisoning, and hair balls may cause intestinal obstruction. (Han Ximin)

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