Persistent hiccup associated with thoracic epidural injection

Curtis W. Slipman, Carl H. Shin, Rajeev K. Patel, Debra L. Braverman, David A. Lenrow, Mark I. Ellen, M. Ali Nematbakhsh

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Epidural steroid injections are commonly used to treat lumbosacral radicular and discogenic pain. When used in this manner, these agents can cause minor, transient systemic side effects and rarely result in any serious complications. Because adverse reactions are uncommon and transient, epidural injections are considered a safe therapeutic intervention. We describe the first case of persistent hiccups as a consequence of a thoracic epidural steroid injection in a patient with thoracic discogenic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-621
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Chlorpromazine
  • Hiccups Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Metoclopramide Complications of Epidural Injections
  • Thoracic Epidural Injection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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