Conversion disorder presenting as intractable hiccups in middle-aged male

  • Dr. Manpreet Singh Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Ram Nagar, Rajpura, Patiala, Punjab, India
  • Dr. Gagandeep Singh Shergill Medical Officer Specialist (Medicine), District Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, India
  • Dr. Nirankar Singh Neki Professor, Department of Medicine, Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Keywords: intractable hiccups, conversion disorder, middle-aged male


Hiccups are common and often don’t require treatment. Intractable hiccups, on the other hand, are often bothersome for the patient and require therapy. Formerly known as “psychogenic”, “functional” or “hysteria”- “conversion disorder” usually present with either or both sensory and motor function deficiencies. Common in females and having a varied presentation, conversion disorders are difficult to diagnose. When an uncommon presentation of them like intractable hiccups present in sex with a lesser predisposition, the diagnosis may be missed and not appropriately managed.


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DOI: 10.26838/MEDRECH.2020.7.6.465
Published: 2020-12-13
How to Cite
Singh M, Shergill GS, Neki NS. Conversion disorder presenting as intractable hiccups in middle-aged male. Med. res. chronicles [Internet]. 2020Dec.13 [cited 2021Jan.22];7(6):352-4. Available from:
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