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Title: Een frequent miskende oorzaak van braken
Author(s): PEENE B, STEVERLYNCK M, D’HEYGERE F
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume: 67 Issue: 9 Date: 2011
A frequently unrecognised cause of recurrent vomiting
The clinical history of a 24-year-old woman with recurrent episodes of severe vomiting, is reported. The patient was already frequently hospitalised and extensively investigated before. Finally, she was diagnosed with the cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome due to the observation of the occurrence of frequent compulsive hot showers.
The cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is caused by the chronic use of marijuana. It is characterized by nausea, therapy resistant vomiting, abdominal pain and a typical compulsive bathing pattern, relieving the symptoms. The nature of its association with vomiting remains unclear. The only proven therapy is abstinence from marijuana use.