A hiccup is a sudden and involuntary contraction (spasm) of the diaphragm. When muscle spasms, the vocal cords snap shut, producing the sound of hiccups. Hiccups are often rhythmic. They are usually only minor temporary discomfort, but prolonged hiccups can indicate a significant medical problem.
The term “hiccup” derives from the sound of the event. “Hypo” error involves a partnership with the reflexes of the airways. The medical condition, singultus, is believed to have originated in Latin, singular, which roughly translates as “the act of catching breath while sobbing.”
Brief episodes of hiccups, which often induce annoyance in patients, and the joy of the observers, are a standard part of life. Prolonged seizures are a more severe phenomenon and often a diagnostic dilemma. These attacks have been associated with significant morbidity and even death.
A hiccup bout is an episode that lasts more than a few minutes if hiccups last … Read More