Sponge Eating: An Unusual Type of Pica

Malik Alkharabsheh, Lana Alsabe, Kamal Akl


Pica is an eating behavior manifested by a craving for the oral ingestion of a substance that is unusual
in kind and/or of no nutritional value. Pica is an underdiagnosed problem which can lead to serious
complications requiring surgical intervention.
We report a case of a 13-year-old Jordanian girl with sponge pica, who presented with abdominal pain
and had evidence of social stress and iron deficiency.


Pica, Sponge, Iron deficiency, Obsessive compulsive.

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