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November 27, 1967

A Case of Hiccups

Author Affiliations

Port Arthur, Tex

JAMA. 1967;202(9):915. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130220103031

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To the Editor: —  A 64-year-old refinery foreman was hospitalized in March 1949 for intractable hiccough. He was suffering from diabetes, general arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, mild congestive heart failure, and prostatic hypertrophy. However, the treatment of these ailments had no influence on his persistent hiccough. He received carbon dioxide inhalations and the singultus gradually disappeared. During the subsequent years, he repeatedly had to be hospitalized for additional episodes of hiccough. Several times, he went to the hospital for the treatment of respiratory or urinary tract infections, and the hiccough which had not been present at the time of admission started a few days later. During those years, the patient underwent two transurethral resections; each was followed by an episode of hiccough. A great number of remedies were tried and only a few gave temporary relief.In April 1967, again the patient began to have urinary difficulties and hiccough more