Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

Cyclic Vomiting

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

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. 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. Treatment aims to control symptoms and may include anti-nausea drugs, sedatives, medications that suppress stomach acid, and/or antidepressants.Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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