Cardioversion for Intractable Hiccups: A Frightening Cure

Irvin F. Goldenberg, Robert P. Ochi, Adrian Almquist, David G Benditt

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To the Editor: Several simple and benign approaches for the treatment of chronic singultus have been reported in the Journal.1 2 3 We describe the unexpected resolution of intractable hiccups in a patient who underwent cardioversion for ventricular tachycardia. A 67-year-old man had three-vessel coronary bypass surgery after a myocardial infarction. His recovery was complicated by a perioperative myocardial infarction, ileus, pulmonary embolus, hiccups, and recurrent ventricular tachycardia. The hiccups were unaffected by chlorpromazine, compazine, diazepam, and lorazepam. Nifedipine, a remedy described in the Journal,1 also proved unsuccessful. The patient's most debilitating problem, however, was his ventricular tachycardia. Failure to…, No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number14
StatePublished - Apr 2 1987


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