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What causes hiccups?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
The diaphragm is a muscle between the chest and the belly. Not the device used for birth control purposes!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Good distinction Dr. T. Heidi
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Possible causes

I agree with dr. Hines.
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. Hiccups can also occur as the result of chronic medical conditions or strokes.

In brief: Possible causes

I agree with dr. Hines.
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. Hiccups can also occur as the result of chronic medical conditions or strokes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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