Complicated Cases in GI

Anthony Kalloo, MD; Jonathan M. Buscaglia, MD

Chapter 2: A 63-Year-Old Manwith Intractable Hiccups (continued)

John Clarke, MD

A 63-year-old man presented to clinic with a complaint of intractable hiccups for a 2-year period. He related the onset of the hiccups to an automobile accident, but noted that there was no significant trauma associated with the event. The hiccups typically began 30 minutes after a meal and would last for several hours. Occasionally the hiccups would last as long as 5 days. Rarely, they would be relieved with self-induced vomiting but no other maneuvers had been of benefit. The size of the meal appeared to be directly related to the onset of the hiccups. Past medical history was notable for…
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