Acupuncture for persistent hiccups in a heart and lung transplant recipient

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2006 Jan;25(1):126-7. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2005.06.011. Epub 2005 Dec 19.


Hiccup is an intermittent, abrupt, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm resulting in sudden inspiration abruptly opposed by the closure of the glottis. Persistent hiccups can interfere with daily activities and cause sleep disturbance and fatigue. We report a case of persistent hiccups occurring in a heart and lung transplant recipient that was successfully treated with acupuncture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Adult
  • Heart-Lung Transplantation*
  • Hiccup / etiology
  • Hiccup / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Treatment Outcome