Chandra Wilson recently visited Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Program team. She is the national spokesperson for the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association. She became involved with the organization after her teenage daughter was diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS).

There are only a few programs of this kind in the country, and the CVS Program at Children’s Hospital is the largest focused on children. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists provides family-centered care to patients and their families.

While Wilson was here, she shared advice for parents of children with CVS. Watch her video below.

CVS is one of the most unrecognized and misdiagnosed disorders in children and adults. It is characterized by severe, recurrent attacks of prolonged vomiting with no apparent cause. Over the course of 24 to 48 hours, a person may have more than 30 vomiting episodes, occurring every 10 minutes at its peak for up to 10 days. These episodes often require emergency IV rehydration. The person may appear completely healthy for weeks or even months at a time before and after the attacks.

Most commonly underdiagnosed in children, CVS affects 1 in 50 of school-aged children. Children usually are not diagnosed with this condition quickly. In fact, there is over a 2 ½ year delay in being diagnosed correctly after symptoms begin.

Learn more about the CVS Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

B Li, MD, program director and gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin– B Li, MD, gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin helps children with simple and complex gastrointestinal problems, and is named among the nation’s best programs.

Learn more about B Li, MD.


Chandra Wilson, “Dr. Bailey” on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, provides tips for parents about misdiagnosed condition — 1 Comment

  1. I had a g/f that had this after 5-6 yrs they finally diagnosed as CVS . Thank goodness for the work in solving this mystery…..