Intractable hiccups

Common Name(s)

Intractable hiccups, Chronic Hiccup

Chronic hiccups are unintentional movements (spasms) of the diaphragm followed by rapid closure of the vocal cords that persist for an extended period of time. Hiccups often develop for no apparent reason and typically go away on their own after a couple minutes. However, chronic hiccups last over two days and in rare cases, may continue for over a month. Hiccups that recur over long periods of time are also considered "chronic." Depending on how long the hiccups last, affected people may become exhausted, dehydrated and/or lose weight due to interruptions in sleep and normal eating patterns. Other complications may include irregular heart beat and gastroesophageal reflux. The exact underlying cause is often unknown; some cases may be caused by surgery, certain medications and/or a variety of health problems such as central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) abnormalities, psychological problems, conditions that irritate the diaphragm, and metabolic diseases. Treatment of chronic hiccups varies but may include medications and/or surgery.
 

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The terms "Intractable hiccups" returned 15 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction with Acute Stent Thrombosis Presenting as Intractable Hiccups: An Unusual Case.
 

Author(s): Fan Zhang, Nosakhare Douglas Tongo, Victoria Hastings, Parisa Kanzali, Ziqiang Zhu, Hal Chadow, Shahrokh E Rafii

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BACKGROUND Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) can present with atypical chest pain or symptoms not attributed to heart disease, such as indigestion. Hiccups, a benign and self-limited condition, can become persistent or intractable with overlooked underlying etiology. There are various ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Ultrasound-Guided Phrenic Nerve Block for Intractable Hiccups following Placement of Esophageal Stent for Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
 

Author(s): David Arsanious, Spiro Khoury, Edgar Martinez, Ali Nawras, Gregory Filatoff, Hossam Ajabnoor, Umar Darr, Joseph Atallah

Journal: Pain Physician. 2016 05;19(4):E653-6.

 

Hiccups are actions consisting of sudden contractions of the diaphragm and intercostals followed by a sudden inspiration and transient closure of the vocal cords. They are generally short lived and benign; however, in extreme and rare cases, such as esophageal carcinoma, they can ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A case of intractable hiccups successfully treated with pregabalin.
 

Author(s): Yuka Matsuki, Maki Mizogami, Kenji Shigemi

Journal: Pain Physician. ;17(2):E241-2.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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