Cyclic vomiting syndrome associated with benign paroxysmal vertigo: a case report

  • Sylvain RedonEmail author
  • Maya Elzière
  • Isabelle Lambert
  • Anne Donnet
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In the last classification of International Headache Society (IHS), four episodic syndromes associated with migraine are mentioned: cyclical vomiting syndrome (CVS), abdominal migraine, benign paroxysmal vertigo (BPV) and benign paroxysmal torticollis (BPT) [1]. These syndromes are thought to be entities of the same migrainous spectrum. They are distinguished by clinical features, duration of attacks and age of onset [2]. However, there may be some overlap and some features could be common. For example, a typical onset of symptoms upon arousal is a common feature between CVS and BPV. We report an unusual presentation of an episodic syndrome with stereotypical and predictable episodes of both vomiting and intense vertigo. We discuss clinical features borrowed from CVS and BPV in this observation.

A 22-year-old women, with familial history of migraine (second and third degree) reported episodes of vomiting and vertigo since the age of 2 years and 4 months. The first episode...


Cyclic vomiting syndrome Benign paroxysmal vertigo Episodic syndrome Vestibular migraine 



International Headache Society


Cyclical vomiting syndrome


Benign paroxysmal vertigo


Benign paroxysmal torticollis




Vestibular migraine


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© Belgian Neurological Society 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Evaluation and Treatment of Pain, Clinical Neuroscience FederationFHU INOVPAIN, CHU Timone, AP-HMMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Vertigo CenterEuropean HospitalMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Clinical NeurophysiologyCHU Timone, AP-HMMarseilleFrance
  4. 4.INSERM U-1107Clermont-FerrandFrance

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