Snatiation is a poorly understood medical disorder characterized by uncontrollable bursts of sneezing brought on by fullness of the stomach and typically observed in sufferers immediately after a large meal. Snatiation reflex was first described by was first described by Ahmad Teebi and Qasem Al-Saleh 1. Snatiation reflex is thought to be passed along genetically as an autosomal dominant trait 1. The term “snatiation” was coined by Judith G. Hall, in a humorous letter in the Journal of Medical Genetics, is a backronym (an acronym deliberately formed from a phrase whose initial letters spell out a particular word or words, either to create a memorable name or as a fanciful explanation of a word’s origin) created from a portmanteau (word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others) of the words “sneeze” and “satiation”. Snatiation stands for Sneezing Non-controllably At a Time of Indulgence of the Appetite—a Trait Inherited and Ordained to be Named, that 2.
Snatiation is a poorly understood condition with unknown cause and pathophysiology.
At the present time due to the lack of research and understanding of the snatiation reflex, no treatment has ever been reported.References
- Teebi AS, al-Saleh QA. Autosomal dominant sneezing disorder provoked by fullness of stomach. J Med Genet. 1989;26(8):539-540. doi:10.1136/jmg.26.8.539 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1015683/pdf/jmedgene00058-0059.pdf
- Hall JG. The SNATIATION reflex. J Med Genet. 1990;27(4):275. doi:10.1136/jmg.27.4.275 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1017036/pdf/jmedgene00042-0059a.pdf