Which conditions are associated with vagus nerve irritation caused hiccups?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Garry Wilkes, MBBS, FACEM; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Conditions associated with irritation of the following branches of the vagus nerve irritation can cause hiccups:

  • Meningeal branches – Meningitis or glaucoma
  • Auricular branches - Foreign body or hairs
  • Pharyngeal branches - Pharyngitis
  • Recurrent laryngeal nerve - Mass lesions in the neck, goiter, or laryngitis [8]
  • Thoracic branches - Infection, tumors, [9] esophagitis (ie, reflux), myocardial infarction (MI), asthma, trauma, thoracic aortic aneurysm, or pacemaker lead complications [10]
  • Abdominal branches - Tumors, [11] gastric distention, peptic ulcer, abdominal aortic aneurysm, infection, organ enlargement, or inflammation (eg, appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, [12] or inflammatory bowel disease)

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