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Ind Psychiatry J. 2014 Jan;23(1):65-7. doi: 10.4103/0972-6748.144972.

An unusual case of xylophagia (paper-eating).

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Department of Psychiatry, Spandana Nursing Home, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.


Xylophagia is a condition involving the consumption of paper and form of eating disorder known as pica. Pica is an unusual craving for ingestion of either edible or inedible substances. Inhalants are volatile substances, which produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psycho-active or mind altering effect. Although, pica is not linked to solvent abuse, here we report an adolescent case of paper-eating with solvent dependence.


Inhalant; pica; solvent; xylophagia

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