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Can a ct angiagraphy ( ct with contrast dye) show a pica aneurysm or an aneurysm near the brain stem or cerebellum? I heard you need the angiogram with the catheter, but some doctors said that's not true and this is also good test.
See below: Treatment should address any missing nutrients or other medical problems, such as lead exposure. Rx involves behavioral, environmental, & family educational approaches. Other treatments include associating the pica behavior with bad consequences or punishment (mild aversion therapy) followed by positive reinforcement for eating the right foods.Medications may help reduce abnormal eating behaviors. ...Read more
Toxicity: You may harm yourself with nonfood items you are strongly motivated to ingest. Additionally, these nonfood items may be toxic to your body and do not help the underlying disorder. ...Read more
Unrelated: Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired impaired social interaction and communicatoin and odd behaviors. Pica is a phenomenon of eating non-food items regularly, e.g., dirt or paint chips. The latter can occur with autism, but it is not a specific characteristic of that disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your doctor: If your child has already been diagnosed with a vitamin or mineral deficiency or other disorder, the pica will resolve when the underlying condition is treated. Pica is a symptom of a medical problem, so if you see the symptom but do not know the reason your child is eating nonfood substances, you should take them to their pediatrician asap. ...Read more
Complex Problem: Pica is a complicated disorder that is mostly seen in children and is rare in adulthood. First get a good physical exam from your family doctor. He/she should also draw some blood studies to see if you are short of some minerals. If all that is alright (it usually is), see your psychiatrist for assistance in stopping the habit. ...Read more
Therapy: Pica can be seen in iron deficiency, anemia, but does not sound like this is the cause in your case. Cognitive behavioral therapy with or without the use of medications should be tried. Other therapies may be helpful if this may be part of a bigger disorder. If not officially diagnosed this needs to be done first. Start with your primary to get referral. ...Read more