A study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine points to a new symptom of COVID-19, which could be considered the first sign of persistent hiccup disease.
Doctors from Cook County Health, USA, explained a case report of a 62-year-old man who went to the hospital’s emergency department after suffering from persistent hiccups for four days. Persistent hiccups are also known as hiccups. The patient had no history of lung disease. He has lost nearly 11 kilograms in the past four months.
The patient was hospitalized with a four-day history of persistent hiccups and he had no telltale symptoms of the new Corona virus, and the physical examination did not reveal much on the day of his admission, as his temperature was 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit but there was no nasal congestion or inflammation in Throat, chest pain, or even shortness of breath.
After doctors conducted X-rays to understand the cause of the persistent hiccups, they found an abnormal opacity that resembles crushed glass in both of his lungs, these abnormalities appeared as cloudy areas in his lungs and indicated some kind of lung damage, inflammation or bleeding.
Based on the results of the X-rays, the doctors also performed a CT scan that confirmed the presence of inflammation in the lungs, which may have caused the hiccups. The patient was admitted to the COVID-19 unit after doctors decided to test him for the new coronavirus. By the time he was admitted, he had a fever of 101.1 degrees Fahrenheit and his heart rate had risen as well.