Howard Seeman, MD; Morris Traube, MD
Although esophageal disorders have been considered to cause hiccups (1, 2), the poor response of hiccups to anti-reflux surgery has led some investigators to question the role of reflux in the pathophysiology of hiccups (3-5). Hiccups have been reported, however, in two patients with esophageal obstruction caused by a ring or a tumor (6).
The objectives of our study were to determine whether an association exists between hiccups and achalasia (a disorder involving physiologic obstruction of the esophagus) and to assess the effect of treatment for achalasia on those patients with achalasia and hiccups.
We prospectively studied 15 consecutive
Seeman H, Traube M. Hiccups and Achalasia. Ann Intern Med. ;115:711–712. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-9-711
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(9):711-712.
Esophageal Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
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