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Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

What is Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome?

A "syndrome" is a medical condition that is categorized by a multitude of symptoms. Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) is an uncommon, unexplained disorder of children and adults. It was first described by Dr. S. Gee in 1882. The episodes of vomiting are usually similar to each other in symptoms and duration. The episodes may occur as often as several times a month or as little as several times a year. The person is usually well between vomiting episodes.

Symptoms of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

Cyclic vomiting syndrome is characterized by recurrent, prolonged attacks of severe nausea, vomiting and prostration with no apparent cause. Vomiting occurs very frequently. Sometimes vomiting can occur 5 -10 times an hour for hours or days. It usually occurs between 1 and 4 days.

Sometimes before an episode, severe nausea, headache, dizziness may occur.

What age does Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome begin?

Cyclic vomiting syndrome occurs in infancy through childhood and adulthood but usually begins between age 3-7. Cyclic vomiting syndrome can persist for months to decades. The person may also have motion sickness. Usually there is a family history of migraine headaches. It affects males and females equally

How is Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Diagnosed?

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome is very difficult to diagnose. It is difficult to diagnose because it is infrequently seen in clinical practice and because vomiting may be caused by a large number of common disorders other than cyclic vomiting disorder. Talk with your doctor and they will make sure another disease or illness is not causing the vomiting.

What Triggers a vomiting episode?

For many people with Cyclic vomiting syndrome, there is nothing obvious that starts an attack. For some people, specific "Triggers" can be identified . One of the most common factor reported is illness. Mild infections such as colds, 'flu, viral infections, injury or pain and a range of other illnesses may start an episode.

Sometimes, excitement, stress, anxiety, family problems or fear can both trigger episodes in some people.

Can Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome be treated?

Please consult your doctor about treatment options.

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