hiccups

  1. Hey, just curious, what is the deal with hiccups and end of life. I was reading something yesterday and that is supposedly one of the signs of approaching death. I know I have seen this twice. Anybody else? And why?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   clemmm78
    Beats me. I worked in palliative care and before that in medicine where many patients passed away and I can't recall seeing hiccups before death.
  4. by   EricJRN
    Here's a link to a brief article:

    http://www.ons.org/publications/jour...0/29101403.asp
  5. by   clemmm78
    Ah, that's different. That I have seen. I understood the OP as asking about hiccups just prior to death.
  6. by   lovingtheunloved
    I've seen lots of people die, never seen any with hiccups. I'll be sure to watch for that next time.
  7. by   Mommy TeleRN
    This topic caught my eye as I had a pt last weekend with hiccups. Doctor prescribed xanax. Now I read that benzos aggravate hiccups!

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