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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65-67

An unusual case of xylophagia (paper-eating)


Department of Psychiatry, Spandana Nursing Home, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Bhavin M Patel
Department of Psychiatry, Spandana Nursing Home, 549/46, 6th Main, 4th Block, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru - 560 010, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.144972

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Xylophagia is a condition involving the consumption of paper and form of eating disorder known as pica. Pica is an unusual craving for ingestion of either edible or inedible substances. Inhalants are volatile substances, which produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psycho-active or mind altering effect. Although, pica is not linked to solvent abuse, here we report an adolescent case of paper-eating with solvent dependence.


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