The prevalence of pica in tuberous sclerosis complex

Patrick J. Morrison*, Tara O’Neill, Rachel Hardy, Charles W. Shepherd, Deirdre E. Donnelly

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Background: Pica and Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) are rare disorders. We carried out a population survey of pica in our TSC patient population.

Findings: Pica was identified in four percent of cases of TSC. It was associated with adult onset or persistence into adulthood, epilepsy, severe learning difficulties and anaemia.

Conclusions: Pica in TSC is a rare disorder and a coherent history may be difficult to obtain from patients. The prevalence of pica is likely to be underdiagnosed. Pica is a recognised feature in adults with TSC and prompt recognition of this disorder should allow better management of patients with TSC.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalSpringer Plus Open Access Journal
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2015


  • Northern Ireland population
  • Pica
  • Tuberous sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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