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Hiccups and Achalasia

Howard Seeman, MD; and Morris Traube, MD
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Traube: Gastroenterology Unit, Yale School of Medicine, P.O. Box 3333, New Haven, CT 06510.

Dr. Seeman: Tanner Medical Center, 705 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117.

Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(9):711-712. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-9-711
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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.

Methods: We prospectively studied 15 consecutive


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