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Gastrointestinal Complications (PDQ®)

  • Updated: 08/28/2014

Table 3. National Cancer Institute’s Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events: Nausea and Vomitinga

Adverse Event Grade Description 
Nauseab1Loss of appetite without alteration in eating habits
2Oral intake decreased without significant weight loss, dehydration, or malnutrition
3Inadequate oral caloric or fluid intake; tube feeding, TPN, or hospitalization indicated
4Grade not available
5Grade not available
Vomitingc11–2 episodes (separated by 5 min) in 24 h
23–5 episodes (separated by 5 min) in 24 h
3≥6 episodes (separated by 5 min) in 24 h; tube feeding, TPN, or hospitalization indicated
4Life-threatening consequences; urgent intervention indicated
5Death

TPN = total parenteral nutrition.
aAdapted from National Cancer Institute.[8]
bDefinition: A disorder characterized by a queasy sensation and/or the urge to vomit.
cDefinition: A disorder characterized by the reflexive act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth.

References

  1. National Cancer Institute: Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), Version 4.0. Bethesda, Md: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, 2010. Available online. Last accessed August 28, 2014.