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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-123

Pica in children with tetralogy of Fallot: Report of two cases


Department of Pediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Aliyu Ibrahim
Department of Pediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.118245

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Cyanotic congenital heart disease is a high iron-requiring illness; therefore affected children may be prone to iron deficiency if not actively sorted and treated. Among problems associated with iron deficiency is pica; the consumption of non-food substances for non-nutritive purposes. Children with pica are at risk of other health hazards like lead toxicity, Intestinal obstruction and parasitic infections from the contaminated substances consumed; however, this is often a forgotten problem in children with cyanotic heart disease; therefore two cases of pica in children with tetralogy of Fallot are reported.


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