Severe craving associated with kaolin consumption

  • Stéphanie Pain
  • Bernard FauconneauEmail author
  • Emilie Bouquet
  • Laurence Vasse-Terrier
  • Marie-Christine Pérault-Pochat
Case Report
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  1. Food and Addiction



Kaolin eating is an ancestral and worldwide tradition, particularly in women in order to relieve nauseas and abdominal troubles. Nevertheless, damaging effects such as anemia and intestinal troubles are well documented. However, compulsive disorders associated with kaolin intake are less known.


We reported in this paper a severe craving observed in a young woman consuming kaolin for several years, associated with a microcytic iron-deficiency non-regenerative anemia.


This paper allows to draw attention among physicians who are rarely informed of this practice imported from abroad and have consequently a limited role in informing patients of the potential deleterious side effects of geophagia.


Kaolin Craving Anemia Iron Pica Geophagia 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stéphanie Pain
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bernard Fauconneau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emilie Bouquet
    • 1
  • Laurence Vasse-Terrier
    • 3
  • Marie-Christine Pérault-Pochat
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical PharmacologyUniversity Hospital of PoitiersPoitiers CedexFrance
  2. 2.Inserm U1084University of PoitiersPoitiers CedexFrance
  3. 3.Hospital of La RochelleLa RochelleFrance

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