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Chronic hiccups


Other Names for this Disease

  • Chronic hiccough
  • Chronic hiccup
  • Hiccups, intractable
  • Intractable hiccups
  • Intractable singultus
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Cause

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What causes chronic hiccups?

Although the exact underlying cause of chronic hiccups is often unknown, many factors can contribute to the development of hiccups. For example, common triggers for hiccups include hot or spicy foods and liquids; harmful fumes; surgery; and/or certain medications.[1] Chronic hiccups can also be associated with a variety of health problems including:[2][3]
  • Pneumonia, pleurisy and other conditions that irritate the diaphragm
  • Brain abnormalities (i.e. strokes, tumors, injuries, infections)
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Gastrointestinal (esophagus, stomach, small/large intestines) diseases
  • Psychological problems such as hysteria, shock, fear, and personality disorders
  • Liver abnormalities
  • Kidney disorders

For a comprehensive listings of factors that can cause chronic hiccups, please click here.
Last updated: 12/23/2014

References
  1. Hiccups. MedlinePlus. January 2013; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003068.htm.
  2. Hiccups, Chronic. NORD. April 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/708/viewAbstract.
  3. Garry Wilkes, MBBS, FACEM. Hiccups. Medscape Reference. November 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/775746-overview.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Chronic hiccough
  • Chronic hiccup
  • Hiccups, intractable
  • Intractable hiccups
  • Intractable singultus
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.