What Causes Unexplained Vomiting?
Unexplained vomiting can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose unexplained vomiting, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "unexplained vomiting" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Chronic Renal Insufficiency
- West Nile Virus
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Ovarian Cysts
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very great unexplained weight loss
calcium-based antacid use
poor bodily coordination
swollen cervical nodes
frequent acid reflux during sleep
reduced mental clarity
regular odd skin sensations
... and more than 90 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of unexplained vomiting:
|West Nile Virus
|Chronic Renal Insufficiency
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Gastrointestinal Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about unexplained vomiting:
Approximately how often do you suffer from unexplained vomiting? Do not include vomiting that has an obvious cause, for example overeating or drinking too much alcohol.
→ Don't know
→ Never / very rarely
→ Occasionally - a few times per year
→ Regularly - a few times per month
→ Often - several times per week
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no unexplained vomiting, occasional unexplained vomiting, regular unexplained vomiting or frequent unexplained vomiting, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
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