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    Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not the name you expected.

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a rare disorder characterized by severe and persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that may necessitate hospitalization. As a result of frequent nausea and vomiting, affected women experience dehydration, vitamin and mineral deficit, and the loss of greater than five percent of their original body weight.

    Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), more widely known as morning sickness, is a common condition of pregnancy. Many researchers believe that NVP should be regarded as a continuum of symptoms that may impact an affected woman's physical, mental and social well-being to varying degrees. Hyperemesis gravidarum represents the severe end of the continuum. No specific line exists that separates hyperemesis gravidarum from NVP; in most cases, affected individuals progress from mild or moderate nausea and vomiting to hyperemesis gravidarum. The exact cause of hyperemesis gravidarum is not known.

    Resources

    National Women's Health Resource Center
    157 Broad Street,
    Suite 106
    Red Bank, NJ 07701
    Tel: (732)530-3425
    Fax: (732)530-3347
    Tel: (877)986-9472
    Email: gcassidy@healthywomen.org
    Internet: http://www.healthywomen.org

    National Women's Health Network
    1413 K Street, NW
    4th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005
    USA
    Tel: (202)682-2640
    Fax: (202)682-2648
    Email: nwhn@nwhn.org
    Internet: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org

    National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
    4401 Ford Avenue
    Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    USA
    Tel: (703)837-4792
    Fax: (703)664-0485
    Email: info@hmhb.org
    Internet: http://www.hmhb.org

    NIH/Office of Research on Women's Health
    6707 Democracy Blvd Suite 400
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5484
    Tel: (301)402-1770
    Fax: (301)402-1798
    Email: ODORWH-research@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://orwh.od.nih.gov/

    NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    31 Center Dr
    Building 31, Room 2A32
    MSC2425
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    Fax: (866)760-5947
    Tel: (800)370-2943
    TDD: (888)320-6942
    Email: NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 1/20/2012
    Copyright 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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