geophagia


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geophagia

[‚jē·ə′fā·jə]
(zoology)
Soil ingestion by animals.
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General pica and geophagia prevalence of 48% and 28%, respectively, have been reported in Ghana among women of reproductive age [1,10].
1] Poor personal hygiene, consumption of raw vegetables grown in contaminated kitchen gardens, geophagia or soil eating is a specific type of pica that increases the risk of toxocariasis, especially in children living in homes with puppies [2].
1968 Geophagia in Man: Its Nature and Nutritional Effects, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 21(12), 1384-93.
Young children are at particular risk for infection as a result of behaviors such as pica and geophagia and placing potentially contaminated fingers and other objects (e.
geophagia (eating earth), aerophagy (swallowing air).
Infections in humans typically occur in children who have the disorders pica or geophagia and ingest B.
Geophagia (intentional ingestion of soil/sand, clay blocks and mud) is defined as a form of pica, and has been known for centuries.
procyonis NLM in an adult was in a developmentally disabled 21-yearold adult known to exhibit geophagia and pica (4).
The other 8 patients all had a single form of pica only, namely pagophagia (4 patients), geophagia (soil-eating in 2 and clay-eating in 1) and dry macaroni (1).
Although the classical risk factors for pica/ geophagia or developmental delay were not reported by the patient's parents, he could have become infected only through ingestion of infective eggs, from an as-yet-undetermined location, object, or source.
Young children (1-4 years of age) frequently have pica or geophagia and often put objects found on the ground in their mouth.