The “cotton bud technique” as a cure for hiccups

  • Joshua Max BrostoffEmail author
  • J. Birns
  • E. Benjamin


Persistent hiccups cause psychological and physical distress and can lead to pathology such as carotid artery dissection. Therapy of hiccups is based on small case series, often using pharmacological agents. We present a method that avoids medications or invasive interventions.


Hiccups Neurology Vagus nerve Diaphragm 


Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineCentral Middlesex HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Ear, Nose and Throat DepartmentCharing Cross HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.LondonUK

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