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Concern about recurring hiccups

Ask the doctor Q. I have hiccups on a regular basis, and sometimes they last a long time. Should I be worried? A. Hiccups, known by the medical term singultus, rarely signal an underlying serious condition. A hiccup comes from a strong, involuntary contraction in the diaphragm, which is the muscle below your lungs. Many everyday situations can trigger this spasm, including distention of the stomach (which can be the…

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