What is the pathogenesis of hiccups?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Garry Wilkes, MBBS, FACEM; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Despite centuries of contemplation, the exact pathogenesis of hiccups remains a mystery. Hippocrates and Celsus associated hiccups with liver inflammation and other conditions. Galen believed that hiccups were due to violent emotions arousing the stomach. In 1833, Shortt first recognized an association between hiccups and phrenic nerve irritation.


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