Unusual Cause of Intractable Hiccups- A Case Report

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2022,12,3,2726-2728.
Published:December 2022
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

 1Arathy Radhakrishnan, 1*Siby Joseph ,2Amit Jose

1Department of Pharmacy Practice, St. Joseph’s college of Pharmacy, Cherthala, Kerala, India

2Consultant pulmonologist, Pulmonology Department, Lourdes Hospital, post graduate institute of medical science & Research, Kochi, Kerala, India.


A case of persistent hiccups was resolved when an active tuberculosis infection was treated. A 61 year old male patient presented with intractable hiccups ,vomiting,breathlessness and cough for 3 months. His HRCT THORAX and XRAY showed thick walled cavitary lesions in the right upper lobe. Acid fast bacilli smear tested positive - Grade 2 and he was started on anti-tubercular therapy following which his hiccups, that lasted for months, improved. He was discharged in a stable condition.

Chest X-Ray : March 1st ,2022