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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 459453, 3 pages
Case Report

Renal Abscess in a Patient Presenting with Persistent Hiccups

Division of Emergency Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 169 Ashley Avenue, MSC 300, Room 294, Charleston, SC 29425, USA

Received 30 November 2012; Accepted 23 December 2012

Academic Editors: A. K. Exadaktylos, E. Kagawa, and F. Natale

Copyright © 2013 Mark Flanagan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hiccups are common, typically limited, and rarely present with adverse complications. In the context of persistent or intractable episodes, however, hiccups may signal a more serious underlying cause. Here, we present an unexpected and pathologic case of hiccups in a patient who was ultimately diagnosed with renal abscesses.