Surgery Today

, Volume 45, Issue 11, pp 1446–1449 | Cite as

Recurrent intractable hiccups treated by cervical phrenic nerve block under electromyography: report of a case

  • Young Jo Sa
  • Dae Heon Song
  • Jae Jun Kim
  • Young Du Kim
  • Chi Kyung Kim
  • Seok Whan MoonEmail author
Case Report


Intractable or persistent hiccups require intensive or invasive treatments. The use of a phrenic nerve block or destructive treatment for intractable hiccups has been reported to be a useful and discrete method that might be valuable to patients with this distressing problem and for whom diverse management efforts have failed. We herein report a successful treatment using a removable and adjustable ligature for the phrenic nerve in a patient with recurrent and intractable hiccups, which was employed under the guidance of electromyography.


Phrenic nerve Surgery Trauma Hiccup Electromyography 


Conflict of interest

Young Jo Sa and the co-authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Young Jo Sa
    • 1
  • Dae Heon Song
    • 2
  • Jae Jun Kim
    • 1
  • Young Du Kim
    • 1
  • Chi Kyung Kim
    • 1
  • Seok Whan Moon
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, College of MedicineThe Catholic University of KoreaSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of MedicineThe Catholic University of KoreaSeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgerySt. Paul’s HospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea

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