Intractable Constipation and Severe Abdominal Pain due to Compulsive Geophagia in a Child from a Developing Country
Emmanuel Onyekwelu
Department of Pediatrics, Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, The Gambia ,West Africa
Abstract

Geophagia is a form of pica that implies ingestion of soil. There appears to be few reported cases of intestinal obstruction following geophagia in children living in the developing countries. A five year old boy presented to the emergency department with a week's history of severe abdominal pains and constipation, associated with geophagia and helminthiasis in the absence of individual, familial psychopathology, or chronic haemopathy.
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