(ORDO NEWS) — Doctors from India shared an interesting case: they were approached by a 30-year-old man who suffered from a severe headache for two weeks, and also could not stop hiccuping for four whole months…
A man from India suffered from hiccups for four months – he could neither eat nor sleep
Popular Mechanics often features bizarre or even frightening medical cases. For example, not so long ago we wrote about a man who grew hair on his tongue, or about a young man who survived with a mold in his brain. Now we are talking about a case of incessant hiccups, which lasted as much as four months.
Indian physician Nagasubramanyam Vempalli of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences published a medical report in which he described a curious medical case that he had to deal with.
He was approached for help by a 30-year-old man who suffered from incessant hiccups for four months, and no one could help him get rid of it. The first thing the doctors did was to send the patient to donate blood for analysis, but the studies did not show any deviations. Then it was decided to send the man for a CT scan.
The results showed a strange area in the man’s brain, so doctors sent him for an additional MRI scan to determine the origin of the unknown spot.
It turned out that the illuminated area in the brain is a pontic glioma – a malignant tumor located on the brain stem. Due to its dangerous location, this type of growth cannot be removed surgically.
To ease the symptoms, neurosurgeons performed surgery on the man’s brain to normalize the pressure in his skull, which was caused by a buildup of fluid in the brain. Eight days later, he was given a course of radiation therapy in an attempt to kill the tumor.
Surprisingly, the four-month hiccups that made the patient unable to eat or sleep began to disappear after one month of radiation therapy, notes Dr. Nagasubrahmanyam Vempalli.
The medical report indicated that the tumor most likely affected the part of the brainstem responsible for controlling the nerves and muscles that normally cause the hiccup response. At the same time, frequent hiccups in brain cancer are a common symptom, but specialists have not yet had to deal with such a long-term manifestation.
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