What Are the Causes, Risks and Complications of Hiccups?

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Just about everyone has had at least one bout of the hiccups in their lifetime. Hiccups can result from quite a few different things, but the physical sensations they cause are usually the same for most people. They come on so suddenly and seemingly out of the blue that it’s normal to be unsure of what causes them in the first place. And, they can last for just a few minutes or days at a time. Read on to learn more about hiccups and where they come from to better understand their risks.