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Soonchunhyang Med Sci > Volume 26(2); 2020 > Article
Soonchunhyang Medical Science 2020;26(2): 104-107. doi: https://doi.org/10.15746/sms.20.025
Persistent Hiccups after Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block
Na Eun Kim, Gyoung A Heo, Byung Gun Kim, Ki Hyun Park, Jae Woung Uhm
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
Corresponding Author: Na Eun Kim ,Tel: +82-32-890-3968, Fax: +82-32-881-2476, Email: 220241@inha.ac.kr
Received: November 16, 2020;  Accepted: December 7, 2020.
ABSTRACT
Persistent hiccups are rare complications following epidural steroid injections. Although the underlying etiology is not clearly understood, corticosteroids are the drug group referenced most frequently in the literature as being associated with hiccups. A 54-year-old man occurred a persistent hiccup after cervical root block due to cervical radiculopathy. A stellate ganglion block was performed, but the hiccup continued. After that, the hiccup did not stop, so metoclopramide 10 mg was prescribed. After taking the drug the next day, hiccups started to decrease in frequency, the hiccup was completely stopped from the second day of taking the drug, the hiccup was completely stopped. He reported that he had not experienced recurrent hiccups. This report highlights the importance of evaluating the cause of hiccups and determining the treatment strategy accordingly.
Key words: Hiccup; Cervical nerve root block; Persistent hiccups; Dexamethasone; Metoclopramide
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