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Head injury, light swelling, repeated hiccups, loss of appetite. Cure for symptoms?

My father met with an accident with head injury . CT scan was taken and there was a light swelling and he was treated for the same for 2 days. Again, CT scan was taken and found no more lumps on his head. But he has repeated hiccups and he does not have any hungry feeling. Kindly to stop hiccups and how to induce his appetite interest?
Asked On : Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

There are two common reasons for hiccups after head injury:

1. Hyponatremia (low sodium level in blood)- this can be confirmed by a blood test. Giving additional salt in the diet can correct it.

2. Injury to the brainstem- this is less likely, as there are no other symptoms (such as weakness of hands and legs, imbalance while walking, slurred speech, difficulty in swallowing, etc). If still in doubt, MRI scan of brain can help.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Fri, 26 Oct 2012
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