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intermittent confusion in the elderly

A 85-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Needs eval: Disorientation and elevated white count in elderly worry me about an infection of some sort. Most like urinary tract, but respiratory, skin and other ... Read More
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A 95-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Absolutely: It can
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Drug effects/toxins: Sudden onset is unusual & of great concern. The most commonly prescribed drugs in the elderly, statins, have been found to cause this exact side effe ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes: Remeron (mirtazapine) has been reported to cause confusion in about 2% of those taking it. Dementia is also a reported side effect, which would likel ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Yap
13 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Need a lot more info: You've given too little detail, so you'll need to provide us with more. When you say renal failure, do you mean end-stage renal disease, acute renal f ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Elderly loss of appe: Lack of interest in food due to change in taste buds, depression, lack of energy to cook, deteriorating health, medication side-effects, to name a few ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Vascular dementia: It is well known that a series of small strokes, called lacunes can eventually add up and cause vascular dementia, similar to alzheimer's. A sudden c ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Could be : Early onset dementia. See a doctor or neuropsychologist for evaluation. They can set you on a track for a full diagnosis.
A female asked:
Dr. Amy Tezza
Dr. Amy Tezza answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Excessive screaming: I would wonder if the pain isn't really mild. If the person has dementia sometimes they will seem to overreact to stimuli that wouldn't bother oth ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jesus Yap
Dr. Jesus Yap answered
52 years experience Cardiology
Coronary artery dise: Coronary artery disease is the most frequent cause of sudden death over the age of 60. Unfortunately some of these have no symptoms prior to their car ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
Several: Based upon the age of insert, they would almost certainly be partial insert seizures (aka "localization related"). At least half the time, no clear ... Read More
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes, possible: Both hyper and hypothyroidism can cause confusion in an elderly person. The only way to know is to get a blood draw.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Roschmann
45 years experience Rheumatology
Define "total": Please clarify what you mean by "total". I see that you have had CTR. Does "total" mean that ALL THE FINGERS are involved vs the first 3 fingers of ... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Myoclonic jerks: Sounds like he had myoclonus, which, to me, raises question of whether his dementia is due to prion infection, Jakob-Creutzfeldt? Can also have this ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danielle Jones
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: It's impossible to give a straight forward answer to this question due to the amount of confounding factors that could be involved. However, the most ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Morning Headache!: A toddler with a morning headache needs a face to face evaluation from a skilled pediatrician. Please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Hebb
Dr. Adam Hebb answered
20 years experience Neurosurgery
Lack of oxygen: In a stroke, brain areas that are essential to function such as language and movement are deprived of oxygen and nutrients. These areas stop functioni ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Post Op Hypertension: There are several things that may cause an increase in blood pressure postoperatively. One of the most common causes of hypertension in people who nor ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Daly
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Syncope/cough: Severe coughing spasms can cause syncope (passing out). Someone prone to arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) can sometimes be thrown into an arrhythmia ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Theta: is normal on an EEG especially with late hyperventilation or drowsiness. Persistent focal theta (4 cps) activity may be abnormal and could represent t ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
If part of psychosis: That is a symptom of dementia due to alzheimer's disease or many small brain infarctions (multi-infarct dementia), there exists death of brain cells i ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
28 years experience Psychiatry
What is CAH?: Please write your question again without using abbreviations. Thanks.

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