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Mayo Clin Proc. 1988 Dec;63(12):1169-75.

Idiopathic cyclic nausea and vomiting--a disorder of gastrointestinal motility?

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Division of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905.


Eight patients (five men and three women) with previously unexplained recurrent cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting are described. In these patients, the symptoms developed a mean of once every 3.2 months and persisted a mean of 3.5 days. None of the patients had an identifiable cause of their symptoms on conventional diagnostic tests. A detailed investigation of the gastrointestinal motility during an asymptomatic period revealed abnormal findings in all eight patients. Gastric hypomotility was substantiated in five patients, small bowel dysmotility in six, delayed gastric emptying in two, and gastric dysrhythmia in two. The data demonstrate that abnormal gastrointestinal motility occurs during an asymptomatic state in patients with cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting. Because all patients with this syndrome had abnormal gastrointestinal motility but normal results of other gastrointestinal studies, idiopathic cyclic nausea and vomiting may be related to altered gastrointestinal motility.

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