This is a study with the principle goal being to learn about the use of L-Carnitine and
CoQ10, two vitamin supplements that are currently being used to treat Cyclic Vomiting
Syndrome, largely initiated by parents. We want to learn how effective these supplements are
compared to standard treatment, at what dose, and what onset of action in order to initiate
future prospective study on these supplements.
- 3 discrete episodes of vomiting
- normal health between episodes
- stereotypical clinical pattern
- no abnormal test results to account for vomiting (see exclusion criteria)
- abnormal UGI with small bowel follow-through revealing an anatomic anomaly,
inflammatory or obstructive
- Significantly abnormal endoscopic biopsies (moderate to severe esophagitis, H.
- Abnormal abdominal ultrasound revealing hydronephrosis, cholelithiasis, pancreatitis
- Positive screening for endocrine disorder (diabetic ketoacidosis, Addison's)
- Positive screening for inborn errors of metabolism (hypoglycemia, lactic acidosis,
hyperammonemia, organic acidemia, amino aciduria, elevated beta-ALA, porphobilinogen)