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Dr. Hatem Asad
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Hiccups (Definition)

A hiccup is an unintentional movement (spasm) of the diaphragm, the muscle at the base of the lungs. The spasm is followed by quick closing of the vocal cords, which produces a distinctive sound. Hiccups often start for no apparent reason and usually disappear after a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups can last for days, weeks, or months. Hiccups are common and normal ...Read more


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I experience 4-7 random 'squeaks' throughout my day. They feel like a hiccup, but are not painful. What causes this?

I experience 4-7 random 'squeaks' throughout my day. They feel like a hiccup, but are not painful. What causes this?

Not sure: what you mean by "squeaks" but there are small mucous plugs in the lungs on occasion which partially block the bronchial tubes and cause a "squeak". If this is what it is a couple of deep breaths followed by a cough should get rid of them Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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After a percutaneous coronary intervention (ptca), hard and painful hiccups started. What could be the cause, and which doctor could help?

After a percutaneous coronary intervention (ptca), hard and painful hiccups started. What could be the cause, and which doctor could help?

The cardiologist: Be sure no cardiac puncture or pericardial bleeding irritating the nerve to the diaphragm, or other cardiac irritation, or infarction which can rarely be related to hiccups. ...Read more

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What causes hiccups?

Diaphragm : Irritation of the diaphragm causes hiccups. Usually due to swallowed air, but it can be a sign of a more serious problem and should be seen if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes hiccups?

Phrenic nerve: irritation causes temporary diaphragmatic fluttering resulting in hiccups. The underlying causes may be multiple including gastric irritation, air gulping or illnesses. ...Read more

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What causes a hiccup?

Hiccup: The most common triggers for short-term hiccups include: eating too much drinking carbonated beverages drinking too much alcohol sudden temperature changes excitement or emotional stress. ...Read more

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What exactly causes hiccups?

Hiccup: The most common triggers for short-term hiccups include: eating too much drinking carbonated beverages drinking too much alcohol sudden temperature changes excitement or emotional stress. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hiccups?

Diaphragm irritation: You can be reassured that they happen to almost everyone at some point, the most common cause is thought to be diaphragmatic irritation. Occasionally they can be very persistent and require medical treatment. ...Read more

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What causes constant hiccups?

Hiccups: Several ongoing processes, such as metabolic diseases, diabetes, kidney failure, electrolyte imbalance, CNS disease, infection, gerd. ...Read more

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What is the causes of hiccups?

Causes: Some possible causes of hiccups can include: drinking too much alcohol or carbonated beverages, eating too fast & swallowing air; anxiety/ stress; injury to the vagus or phrenic nerves, noxious odors & benzodiazepine use. ...Read more