Doctors discover man's unstoppable hiccups caused by a tumor
Hiccups are certainly irritating, but thankfully, in most situations, they pass fairly quickly.
However, in the recent issue of the BMJ Case Reports journal is a paper outlining the surprising findings behind a very prolonged and confounding case of them.
The patient reported to a New York hospital twice in one month complaining of hiccup bouts lasting for days.
He also said he was experiencing tingling sensations and numbness on the left side of his body.
When regular treatment proved unsuccessful and initial tests turned up normal, a CT scan was taken.
Doctors soon discovered the man had a tumor pressing on the nerve that transports signals to the diaphragm, resulting in the involuntary contractions.
Surgery to remove the mass was performed immediately, and once it was gone, the hiccups disappeared.
Paper's co-author, Dr. Mark Goldin notes that the case was quite rare.
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