Acta Scientific Dental Sciences

Case Report Volume 2 Issue 9

A Case Report of Persistent Hiccups Following Oral Dexamethasone Used in a Dental Implant Regenerative Procedure

J Doan1, L Truong2*, P Reher2 and N Doan1,2,3

1The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2Griffith University Schools of Dentistry and Oral Health, Gold Coast, Australia
3Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

*Corresponding Author: L Truong, Griffith University Schools of Dentistry and Oral Health, Gold Coast, Australia.

Received: July 09, 2018; Published: August 28, 2018

Citation: L Truong., et al. “A Case Report of Persistent Hiccups Following Oral Dexamethasone Used in a Dental Implant Regenerative Procedure ". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.9 (2018).


Introduction: By definition, a hiccup is a singultus that is commonly felt by many patients at one time or another and are usually brief and self-limiting. Although pharmacotherapeutic agents are not generally considered causal in the etiology of hiccups, many clinicians empirically associate episodic hiccups in their patients as being drug induced. The two classes of drugs most often cited as causing hiccups are corticosteroids and benzodiazepines.

Aim: The paper’s aim is to document a case report of persistent hiccups that followed administration of oral dexamethasone used in a dental implant regenerative procedure.

Materials and Methods: This case report involved a patient who was given pre- and post-operative dexamethasone after an implant regenerative procedure and had developed hiccups after the surgery was completed.

Results and Discussion: The patient experienced no distress, and the surgical process was accomplished without any complication. The hiccups continued for more than a week and by the fourteenth postsurgical day, his hiccups completely ceased. While the relationship may be circumstantial, numerous dental practitioners believe hiccups to be a latent unexpected result of steroid remedy, particularly excessive dosages of steroids.

Conclusion: Astonishingly, in this scenario, although the corticosteroid prescribed was of low dose, it was noticeably associated with persistent hiccups. Clinicians should be mindful of this conceivable circumstance.

Keywords: Hiccups; Dexamethasone; Complication

Copyright: © 2018 L Truong., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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