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What causes hiccups with history of sinus surgery?

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Posted on Tue, 3 Jun 2014
Question: my son had sinus surgery yesterday and is having a lot of hiccups. is this normal?
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not normal to have hiccoughs after sinus surgery.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Madam XXXXXXX
Namaskar.
Thanks for your query.

It is not normal to have hiccoughs after sinus or any other surgery.

What are other symptoms does he have. Please elucidate in detail.
Fever? Pain in upper abdomen? Respiratory problems like coughing?
What is the treatment being Given? Any blood reports?

I will be better able to help, when I know the answers to the above questions..

Waiting for your reply.
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Follow up: Dr. T Chandrakant (2 hours later)
No blood work to show. Not coughing. But when he sneezes then the hiccups come for around an hour also he had to fly today but the hiccups started a few hours before plane ride the hiccups are intense. And he can't talk much while he has it thanks
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Good if he does not have other symptoms.

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
This is good that the hiccoughs are not continuous.

As per your history it comes only when your son sneezes.
This continues for an hour.

Try tablet Reglan (Metoclopromide) 10 mg - one tablet at 8 hourly duration( gap).
If there are no other symptoms as I noted , do not worry. This will settle. Many times the hiccoughs may not have a specific cause. Even a dryness of throat can instigate this.

Keep him well hydrated by plenty of oral fluids. Try some lozenges to chew. You can try honey to taste.

IF the symptoms continue he may need further investigations like ultrasonography to see the undersurface of the diaphragm, liver, spleen or so; blood investigations like urea and creatinine.

please keep us posted the progress.




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Brief Answer: Not normal to have hiccoughs after sinus surgery. Detailed Answer: Hi Madam XXXXXXX Namaskar. Thanks for your query. It is not normal to have hiccoughs after sinus or any other surgery. What are other symptoms does he have. Please elucidate in detail. Fever? Pain in upper abdomen? Respiratory problems like coughing? What is the treatment being Given? Any blood reports? I will be better able to help, when I know the answers to the above questions.. Waiting for your reply.