Hiccups are experienced by people of all ages. While acute hiccups are benign and self-limited, persistent and intractable hiccups can sometimes signal a serious disease. We present a young previously healthy man who complained of only hiccups for 4 months and later developed a severe headache and projectile vomiting. His systemic examination was within normal limits. Brain imaging revealed a diffuse pontine glioma with mild hydrocephalus.
- Brain stem / cerebellum
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Contributors TS: Conception of the work, collection of case details, drafting the article and final approval of the version to be published. AP: Collection of case details, drafting the article and final approval of the version to be published. NK: Conception of the work, critical revision and final approval of the version to be published. VN: Conception of the work, drafting the article, critical revision and final approval of the version to be published.
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