Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in Connecticut

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What is cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)?

Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a common condition among young children but has been known to affect patients of any age. This usually involves recurrent vomiting or cycles of vomiting, and there may be periods in between these “cycles” where you are totally free of symptoms. During a vomiting cycle, you could experience severe vomiting that may recur as few as six and as many as 20 times before ending. Cyclic vomiting syndrome in Connecticut could be suffered by as many as 2% of school-aged children and can be difficult to diagnose because vomiting is often related to several other GI conditions. The syndrome could be misconstrued as a stomach bug or food-borne illness. If you or your child is showing symptoms of CVS, call your nearest Connecticut GI location today.

What are some of the symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome?

Vomiting that occurs from cyclic vomiting syndrome is often extremely similar to previous episodes in the sense that they begin at a similar time of day, are of a similar level of severity, manifest the same symptoms, and persist for a similar length of time. Most often, patients report having these symptoms:

  • Headache (40%)
  • Diarrhea (36%)
  • Paleness or pallor (87%)
  • Abdominal pain (80%)
  • Abnormal urge to sleep or lack of energy (91%)
  • Occasional fever (29%)

Once the vomiting attack has ended, the individual can be fatigued and wish to sleep. Once rested, the person might appear to be back to normal health and want to eat and return to their typical activities.

What causes cyclic vomiting syndrome?

It can be difficult to determine the specific cause of CVS. Vomiting is a typical symptom of various GI conditions, and cyclic vomiting syndrome, specifically, can have many unique factors that could be related to its cause.

Individual behaviors, environmental factors, internal imbalances, mental health, or internal changes may precipitate cyclic vomiting syndrome. Distinct CVS episodes can be instigated by factors like:

  • Hot weather
  • Menstruation
  • Illness - such as colds
  • Allergies or sinus problems
  • Overeating
  • Eating certain foods -for example, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or cheese
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Motion sickness
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Emotional stress or excitement

If you suspect your vomiting episodes are instigated by any of the above or if you need help identifying your triggers, reach out to a Connecticut GI location near you.

What is the treatment for CVS?

Typical treatment of cyclic vomiting syndrome might consist of three prioritized goals:

  1. Put a stop to the vomiting episode: attempt to halt the attack after it has begun
  2. Rescue therapy: an effort to provide the patient with as much comfort as possible should the episode cannot be stopped
  3. Preventative medicine: attempt to keep any future attacks from starting

The treatment approach will vary among individuals and in different instances of cyclic vomiting syndrome. You should consult your GI provider to determine the best treatment avenues for you or your child.

If cyclic vomiting syndrome is left untreated, potential complications can include:

  • Dehydration
  • Damage to the esophagus, the main pipe allowing passage of food from the mouth to the stomach
  • Damage to the tooth enamel as a result of stomach acid entering the mouth via vomit
  • Malnutrition

Should you or your child experience symptoms of CVS, it is important to seek care with our Connecticut gastroenterologists as soon as possible.

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If you or your child has been suffering from problematic GI symptoms like those listed above, cyclic vomiting syndrome might be the culprit. The side effects of CVS can put your overall health at serious risk, and immediate intervention might be required to maintain optimal health. Our providers are ready to assist if you need individualized assistance and state-of-the-art treatments for CVS in Connecticut. Contact your nearest Connecticut GI location to request a consultation with one of our experienced gastrointestinal specialists.

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