BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-221066
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Pica, constipation and cardiorespiratory arrest

  1. Armindo Ramos4
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Hospital de Cascais Dr José de Almeida, Alcabideche, Cascais, Portugal
  3. 3Intensive Care Unit, Hospital de Cascais Dr. José de Almeida, Alcabideche, Cascais, Lisboa, Portugal
  4. 4Intensive Care Unit Director, Hospital de Cascais Dr. José de Almeida, Alcabideche, Cascais, Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Inês Mourato Nunes, inesmouratonunes{at}
  • Accepted 8 June 2017
  • Published 14 July 2017


Pica is an eating disorder typically defined as the persistent ingestion of non-nutritive substances, for at least 1 month, at an age of which this behaviour is inappropriate. It may be benign or may have life-threatening consequences.1 2 The clinical presentation is highly variable and is associated with the specific nature of the resulting medical conditions and the ingested substances. The signs and symptoms can be from …

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