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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Aug;80(8):618-21.

Persistent hiccup associated with thoracic epidural injection.

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  • 1Penn Spine Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104, USA.


Epidural steroid injections are commonly used to treat lumbosacral radicular and discogenic pain. When used in this manner, these agents can cause minor, transient systemic side effects and rarely result in any serious complications. Because adverse reactions are uncommon and transient, epidural injections are considered a safe therapeutic intervention. We describe the first case of persistent hiccups as a consequence of a thoracic epidural steroid injection in a patient with thoracic discogenic pain.

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