Eating ice?

Not many people know about or own up to this one, A desire to eat ice – several cups at a time, it’s quite common in people with #irondeficiency. The technical name is Pagophagia, a form of Pica, this being more a general term for the need to eat strange and inappropriate things (like in pregnancy) – ice seems the most common, others are clay, soil, tissues, paper. Treatment by #ironinfusion and the craving goes in days.


Author: Professor Toby Richards

Mr Toby Richards is a Professor of Surgery at University College London. He has pioneered anaemia management and intravenous iron therapy in the UK. His underlying belief is that optimising patient’s health and fitness before surgery will improve their recovery and benefit their outcomes. He has embedded clinical research and development into all areas of practice.

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