Nausea & Vomiting

What is Nausea?

Nausea is the sensation that there is a need to vomit. Nausea can be acute or short-lived, or it can be chronic. When chronic, it is a debilitating symptom.

Causes of Nausea

Nausea (and vomiting) can be psychological or physical in origin. It can originate from problems in the brain or organs of the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, and gallbladder). It also may be caused by pain, motion, medications and diseases of many non-gastrointestinal organs of the body such as an inner ear problem or migraine headache. Therefore, determining the cause of nausea may involve a fair amount of testing. Because many problems of the upper GI tract are common causes of nausea, an upper endoscopy is often a test that is performed to work up nausea/vomiting.

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The board-certified physicians at San Francisco Gastroenterology are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the digestive tract, including nausea and vomiting. We serve patients from Marin County, Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto and the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Our goal is simply to provide the highest quality medical care and patient service possible.

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