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J Assoc Physicians India. 2005 Mar;53:205-7.

Geophagia leading to hypokalemic quadriparesis in a postpartum patient.

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Medical Intensive Care Unit, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai 400 022.

Abstract

Pica is an eating disorder associated with ingestion of variety of non-food substances. A postpartum patient who presented with acute flaccid quadriparesis was detected to have severe hypokalemia. After extensive investigations for cause of hypokalemia, history of geophagia (clay-eating) was obtained. Approach to hypokalemia and health hazards of pica are discussed.

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15926605
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