Journal of Health Specialties

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 294--296

Palliative management of intractable hiccups in a patient with an advanced brain tumour


Sami Ayed Alshammary1, Balaji P Duraisamy2, Lobna M. A. Saleem2, Luma Al Fraihat2, Abdullah Altamimi2, Stuart Brown3 
1 Comprehensive Cancer Center, Palliative Care Unit, King Fahad Medical City; Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Comprehensive Cancer Center, Palliative Care Unit, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Palliative Care, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation, Abbotsford, Canada; International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research, Brussels, Belgium

Correspondence Address:
Sami Ayed Alshammary
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Palliative Care Unit, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Intractable hiccupping is distressing for both patients under palliative care and their families, particularly if the patients have advanced cancer. The lack of clear management guidelines renders hiccup management challenging for health professionals. We report our management of intractable hiccups in a 70-year-old man with a progressive malignant brain tumour who was under palliative care. The hiccups were difficult to control; several drugs were tested before we finally introduced (and upwardly titrated) gabapentin, which appears to be safe when used to manage intractable hiccups.


How to cite this article:
Alshammary SA, Duraisamy BP, Saleem LM, Al Fraihat L, Altamimi A, Brown S. Palliative management of intractable hiccups in a patient with an advanced brain tumour.J Health Spec 2016;4:294-296


How to cite this URL:
Alshammary SA, Duraisamy BP, Saleem LM, Al Fraihat L, Altamimi A, Brown S. Palliative management of intractable hiccups in a patient with an advanced brain tumour. J Health Spec [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Jul 14 ];4:294-296
Available from: http://www.thejhs.org/article.asp?issn=2468-6360;year=2016;volume=4;issue=4;spage=294;epage=296;aulast=Alshammary;type=0