Phrenic Nerve Block With Ultrasound-guidance for Treatment of Hiccups

A Case Report

Kristiina Kuusniemi*; Ville Pyylampi


J Med Case Reports. 2011;5(493) 

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As US offers non-invasive visual real-time information on the patient's anatomy and allows anesthesiologists to visualize needle insertion, to identify the exact location of the injected solution and to avoid such structures as arteries or veins, this method should be actively utilized. When both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments fail to cure persistent hiccups, a single-shot US-guided technique should be considered before the patient becomes exhausted. If a single-shot injection proves ineffective, continuous administration of local anesthetic via a catheter should be considered.