Case Report: Two Cases of Persistent Hiccups Complicating COVID-19

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  • 1 Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Biruni University Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey;
  • 2 Department of Internal Medicine, Biruni University Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey;
  • 3 Department of Cardiology, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey;
  • 4 Department Oncology, Clinic for Pulmonary Disease, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • 5 Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation Clinic, Intensive Care Unit University Medical Center Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • 6 Clinic for Infectious Diseases, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • 7 Department of Cardiology, Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul, Turkey

Two cases are presented with coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)-related hiccups: one during initial presentation and one 10 days after COVID-19 diagnosis. Hiccups in both patients were resistant to treatment and responded only to chlorpromazine. COVID-19 patients may present with hiccups and also may have hiccups after treatment. Resistant hiccups without any underlying disease other than COVID-19 should be considered in association with COVID-19 and may respond well to chlorpromazine.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Hande Ikitimur, Biruni University Medical Faculty Hospital, Eski Londra Asfalti, No: 10, Besyol, Kucukcekmece, Istanbul, Turkey. E-mail: hande2t@gmail.com

Authors’ addresses: Hande Ikitimur, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Biruni University Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey, E-mail: hande2t@gmail.com. Betul Borku Uysal, Department of Internal Medicine, Biruni University Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey, E-mail: betulborku@yahoo.com. Barıs Ikitimur, Department of Cardiology, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey, E-mail: ikitimur@gmail.com. Sefika Umihanic, Department of Oncology, Clinic for Pulmonary Disease, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, E-mail: umihanics@gmail.com. Jasmina Smajic, Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation Clinic, Intensive Care Unit University Medical Center Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, E-mail: jasnasmajic@gmail.com. Rahima Jahic, Clinic for Infectious Diseases, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, E-mail: rahima.jahic@ukctuzla.ba. Ayhan Olcay, Department of Cardiology, Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul, Turkey, E-mail: drayhanolcay@gmail.com.

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