Vomiting Overview

Vomiting, also called emesis, is a very common symptom. It is often related to nausea and commonly caused by a digestive disorder such as infectious gastroenteritis. Vomiting needs to be distinguished from regurgitation, reflux, and other similar symptoms.

There are various causes of vomiting that need to be diagnosed; see your doctor for a full diagnosis. Causes include gastrointestinal disorders, infections, chemical imbalances, endocrine disorders, balance disorders, liver disorders, and many others. Vomiting itself can cause serious complications such as aspiration of vomit (choking on vomit), dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

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