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Cyclic vomiting syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • CVS
  • Familial cyclic vomiting syndrome (subtype)
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Overview

Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of severe nausea and vomiting. Episodes can last for hours or days. Each episode is usually similar to previous ones. Other symptoms may include physical exhaustion, pale skin, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, and/or fever.[1] CVS can begin at any age but is most often diagnosed in children around 5 years of age. The underlying cause of CVS is not known, but children who suffer from migraines are more likely to develop CVS.[2] Treatment aims to control symptoms and may include anti-nausea drugs, sedatives, medications that suppress stomach acid, and/or antidepressants.[3]
Last updated: 11/12/2014

References

  1. Cyclic vomiting syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. March, 2014; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/cyclic-vomiting-syndrome. Accessed 11/12/2014.
  2. Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). March 12, 2014; http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cvs/index.aspx#what. Accessed 11/12/2014.
  3. Cyclic vomiting syndrome. Mayo Clinic. April 19, 2013; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cyclic-vomiting-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20028160?METHOD=print. Accessed 11/12/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • CVS
  • Familial cyclic vomiting syndrome (subtype)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.