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Why is my father getting hiccups continuously?

Q: My father is a 42 years old male. He is getting continuous hiccups. They stop for a while and then start again. Please give me a solution.

A:Hiccups occur when there is an abnormal contraction of the diaphragm. This happens when its nerve supply (phrenic nerve) in the neck gets irritated. Usually it settles with sedation; but when and if it keeps recurring, I suggest you consult a physician for appropriate investigations.

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