Journal article

Nausea and vomiting in adults - A diagnostic approach

Andrew Metz, Geoff Hebbard

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Most people experience nausea and vomiting at some stage, but when these symptoms recur frequently they can significantly reduce quality of life. In most cases, a thorough history, examination and simple investigations can yield a diagnosis. Chronic nausea is a more challenging problem with its many potential causes and with a significant number of patients remaining undiagnosed despite extensive investigation. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses the assessment and management of acute and chronic nausea and vomiting in adults. DISCUSSION: Gastrointestinal infections and food poisoning are the most common causes of acute nausea and vomiting. Medication side effects and pregnancy sho..

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