Generation of hiccup by electrical stimulation in medulla of cats

Neurosci Lett. 1994 Jul 4;175(1-2):67-70. doi: 10.1016/0304-3940(94)91079-0.


The present study has revealed that a hiccup-like response (a brief powerful inspiratory activity accompanied by glottic adduction) can be generated by electrical stimulation to a limited area within the medullary reticular formation of the cat. This finding indicates that there is a neuronal network coordinating the hiccup reflex within the lower brain stem.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Cats
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Hiccup* / physiopathology
  • Medulla Oblongata / physiology*
  • Reticular Formation / physiology*
  • Time Factors