Everyone gets hiccups, but some people suffer intractable hiccups that last longer than a month, according to two Loyola Medicine neurologists.
Chief neurology resident, Stasia Rouse and Assistant professor Matthew Wodziak said, "Intractable hiccups can occur more often than we realize and present to multiple medical disciplines."
in 1971, patients developed intractable hiccups
2 to 3 days following acute inferoposterolateral and acute anterolateral MI, respectively .
Persistent hiccups last >48 hours, and intractable hiccups
last greater than two months [1, 2].
Recently, her glomerular filtration rate declined to less than 10% normal, and she has developed symptoms of uremia, i.e., nausea, vomiting, and intractable hiccups
. The nephrologist has diagnosed end-stage renal failure and recommends hemodialysis, which will improve her renal symptoms and may extend her life by 1-2 years.
NMO may also present as radicular pain, paroxysmal tonic spasms, nausea, and intractable hiccups
Brainstem involvement may cause intractable hiccups
associated with high-dose intravenous methylprednisolone therapy.
Such was the case with an 18-year-old man who recently came to my office with intractable hiccups
. He was having such severe spasms of the glottis that he was unable to speak, eat, drink, or sleep.
SAN ANTONIO -- A 34-year-old man who came to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with a 30-day history of intractable hiccups
with no apparent gastrointestinal cause was found to have multiple sclerosis following a work-up by the consultation-liaison psychiatry service, Dr.
Six hours after a corticosteroid injection for low back pain, he developed intractable hiccups
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