A Rare Presentation of Pica Disorder in Soap Ingestion Variant: Case Report and Review

J Nerv Ment Dis. 2024 Feb 1;212(2):117-119. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001716.


Pica indicates the persistent ingestion of inedible substances over a period of at least 1 month, being discordant to the individual's cognitive development level and not directly attributable to cultural or social normative practices. The literature suggests that the prevalence of pica varies significantly according to the social and clinical context. It can co-occur with psychiatric disorders, with its etiology being poorly understood and most likely multifactorial. In this article, we report the case of a patient in her 50s with a clinical setting compatible with soap ingestion variant of pica disorder. In addition to the variety of ingested substances, pica can be associated with heterogeneous behavior, mainly of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. Despite recent research, this condition is still a target of much speculation. This is a very rare and challenging presentation of a soap ingestion variant of pica with very few similar cases described to date.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Eating
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pica* / complications
  • Pica* / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Soaps*


  • Soaps