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Psychother Psychosom. 1994;61(3-4):143-9.

Psychiatric aspects of hyperemesis gravidarum.

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  • 1Outpatient Psychiatric Service, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.


Hyperemesis gravidarum is a potentially dangerous disorder of pregnancy characterized by severe and protracted vomiting. It is suggested that psychosocial factors may have a role in determining whether the pregnant woman experiences a transient spell of mild vomiting or progresses towards the much rarer but more significant pernicious vomiting. Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and behavior therapy have been reported to contribute to the treatment of patients with hyperemesis gravidarum. A review of the etiological factors as well as of the therapeutic approaches is presented.

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