Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Utah

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Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is an ailment most commonly observed in young children, though it can develop in an individual of any age. The primary sign of CVS is recurrent vomiting that happens in cycles with symptom-free periods in between. During a vomiting cycle, you might experience extreme vomiting that could recur anywhere between six and 20 times before subsiding. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Utah may impact as much as 2% of school-aged children and may be difficult to diagnose due to the connection of vomiting to a multitude of other gastrointestinal disorders. The syndrome may be misconstrued as a tummy bug or foodborne illness. If you or your child are showing signs or symptoms of CVS in, call Utah Gastroenterology today.

Vomiting episodes brought on by CVS tend to be similar to each other — for example, they may match each other in intensity, involve the same symptoms, last for a similar length of time, or occur around the same time of day. Most individuals with CVS report the following symptoms:

  • Unusual drowsiness or fatigue (91%)
  • Fever that comes and goes (29%)
  • Paleness or pallor (87%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Pain in the head (40%)
  • Pain in the abdomen (80%)

After the vomiting cycle has stopped, the person could be exhausted and desire to sleep. Once rested, the person might appear to be back to normal health and wish to eat and return to their normal activities.

Determining the root cause of a person's cyclic vomiting syndrome can be difficult. Vomiting is a commonplace symptom of a plethora of GI diseases, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, alone, can have a great many individual factors that could contribute to its source.

CVS may be precipitated by individual behaviors, environmental influences, internal imbalances, emotional states, or internal changes. Specific CVS episodes could be caused by situations such as:

  • Hot weather
  • Menstruation
  • Sicknesses — such as colds
  • Allergies or problems with the sinuses
  • Overeating
  • Consumption of certain foods — such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Motion sickness
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Emotional stress or excitement

If you feel your suffering is instigated by any of the above, or should you need aid identifying your triggers, contact Utah Gastroenterology.

Treatments for CVS typically consist of three major goals:

  1. Cessation of the vomiting attack: Attempt to stop an attack starts
  2. Rescue therapy: Attempt to provide the patient with as much comfort as possible if the episode cannot be stopped
  3. Preventative medication: Attempt to prevent future attacks

Treatment will vary between different individuals and in different instances of CVS. We encourage you to consult with your doctor regarding the best treatment options for you or your child.

Cyclic vomiting syndrome can cause potentially serious side effects if left untreated, including:

  • Injury to the esophagus, the main pipe allowing passage of food from the mouth to the stomach
  • Loss of dental enamel as a result of stomach acid that enters the mouth in the vomit
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration

If you or your child have symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome, it's imperative to receive intervention with our Utah gastroenterology providers as soon as you can.

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If you or your child has been dealing with intense vomiting or other alarming GI symptoms like those listed above, then you may need treatment for cyclic vomiting syndrome. Complications of CVS may put your overall health at serious risk and urgent intervention could be necessary to be certain of your best health. If you are searching for experienced assistance and cutting-edge treatments for cyclic vomiting syndrome in Utah, our experts are here to help. Connect with Utah Gastroenterology to coordinate an appointment with one of our skilled GI physicians.

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