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Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome


Synonyms of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Abdominal Migraine
  • Bilious Attacks
  • Childhood Cyclic Vomiting
  • Chronic Vomiting in Childhood
  • Periodic Syndrome
  • Recurrent Vomiting

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a rare disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of severe nausea and vomiting. An episode may last for a few hours to several days and then is followed by a period of time during which affected individuals are free of severe nausea and vomiting. This alternating pattern of disease and disease-free periods distinguishes cyclic vomiting syndrome from other similar disorders. The associated nausea and vomiting can be severe enough to be incapacitating (e.g., individuals may be unable to walk or talk and/or be bedridden). Additional symptoms that are often present during an episode including paleness of the skin (pallor), lack of energy (lethargy), abdominal pain and headaches. In some cases as children grow older, they may outgrow these episodes, although many of these children eventually develop migraines. Cyclic vomiting syndrome affects children more often than adults. In adults, episodes occur less frequently, but may last longer. The exact cause of cyclic vomiting syndrome is unknown.

    Organizations related to Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
    • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (CVSA)
      2819 West Highland Blvd.
      Milwaukee WI 53208
      Phone #: 414-342-7880
      800 #: --
      e-mail: cvsa@cvsaonline.org
      Home page: http://www.cvsaonline.org
    • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
      P.O. Box 170864
      Milwaukee WI 53217
      Phone #: 414-964-1799
      800 #: 888-964-2001
      e-mail: iffgd@iffgd.org
      Home page: http://www.iffgd.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • NIH/National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      2 Information Way
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: 800-891-5389
      e-mail: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov
    • National Headache Foundation
      820 North Orleans
      Chicago IL 60610-3132
      Phone #: N/A
      800 #: 888-643-5552
      e-mail: info@headaches.org
      Home page: http://www.headaches.org



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