Persistent hiccups could be coronavirus warning sign after man suffered unusual symptom for four DAYS, docs warn

PEOPLE who have contracted the coronavirus could have persistent hiccups as doctors say one man suffered from the condition for four days.

Hiccups are an involuntary condition and can be triggered by certain foods we eat, strong emotions such as excitement, or stress.

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A report published in the American Journal of Emergency medicine has now revealed that one man in Chicago presented at hospital with severe hiccups before testing positive for the coronavirus.

The 62-year-old patient was admitted to the hospital in April after hiccuping for four days, doctors also found that he had unexplained weight loss.

The patient did have diabetes but said that he did not have a fever, or a sore throat.

At present NHS England has advised that the key coronavirus symptoms are a new and persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell.

On arrival to the emergency department the patient had a temperature of 37.3C and his heart rate was 96 beats per minute.

Doctors then carried out a scan on the lungs and found groundglass opacities which indicates a person may be struggling with their lung capacity.

Further scans found that this was scattered through the lungs.

The patient was then admitted to an isolation room where he received treatment for possible pneumonia.

A respiratory viral panel and Covid-19 swab were sent for testing.

He was then admitted to the Covid medical unit as a person under investigation.

On arrival to the Covid unit his temperature was taken again and sat at 38.4C, the patient's heart rate had also gone up to 104 beats per minute.

Doctors placed him on airborne isolation and also trialled him on anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

The patient then tested positive for the virus.



As scientists know very little about the virus new symptoms continue to emerge.

In May NHS England added a loss of taste and smell to its official symptom list.

Researchers have since claimed that conditions such as headaches should be added to the official list.

Other people who have survived Covid have also reported that their hair has started to fall out.

The report stated: "Here we present a case of persistent hiccups as the presenting symptom of a Covid-19 infection in a 62-year-old man.

"To our knowledge, this is the first case report of persistent hiccups as the presenting complaint in a Covid-19 positive patient in emergency medicine literature."

The doctors from Cook County Health, in Chicago said that people displaying hiccups should not be dismissed.

They added: "Physicians should keep Covid-19 infection on their differential as more cases are discovered through atypical presentations.

"Providers must be vigilant and maintain personal protective equipment to avoid exposure from the undifferentiated patient."


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