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what are the complications of delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
It is serious: And it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of functioning and dementia if not recognized and treated. One study shows that if symptoms do not resolve in 2 weeks there is a permanent loss of functioning in older adults.
Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology 47 years experience
Depends: What casued the delerium? Anesthesia? It usually passes in hrs. Psych meds? Surgery, lsd, stroke, altzheimers, depending on the cause the complications are anything you can think of if a person isn't thinking right; , hurting others or themselves, malnutrition or any organ can fail with long term delirum.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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Depends: There has been ~15 years of scientific exploration of this question. Older patients with less cerebral reserve with prolonged delirium are less likely to return to baseline. Younger patients with more cerebral reserve and shorter delirium fair better. Prolonged and severe delirium does appear to produce some neurotoxicity. See my chapter in appi textbook of psychiatry (2008) for more discussion.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

Does delirium contribute to poor hospital outcomes?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Absolutely.: I am giving the simple answer here. Research has shown that delirum during a hospital stay is associated with a significant risk of both immediate and post hospital stay complications. The good news is that if recognized, delirium is usually treatable. Physicians, hospitals and medical educators are now paying much attention to this complex problem.
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Does home treatment affect delirium?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Generally, being at home can decrease the incidence and severity of delirium (provided proper medical care & treatment is being provided). This is because the patient is in familiar surroundings with familiar people, not tied to a bed, can pursue usual activities, and feel "safe & secure". Basically, it's being in a familiar place so that the illness is not a constant reminder.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What are some common treatments for delirium?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It varies a lot: Frequent redirection and orientation. Ensureing adequate hydration. Reducing overstimulation. Special sense evaluation such as making sure patients have their teeth, hearing aids. Avoiding drugs known to be associated with delirium. Appropriate drug therapy with antipsychotics as first line, especially haloperidol.
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What is delirium nocturnum?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Going nuts at night.: Delirium is a term used for abrupt onset of a confused, disoriented, psychotic (out of touch with reality) state. It is usually short lived, but depending on what kind of delirium, it could be very serious, even fatal (such as delirium tremens caused by abrupt untreated alcohol withdrawal). D. Nocturum is also called sun downing, where certain people develop delirium around sundown. Needs doc.
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What causes someone to have acute delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
An illness: Delirium is a syndrome that involves confusion, poor attention, and other symptoms. It is most often seen in seeverely ill people who are hospitalized. Drug use and drug withdrawl can also cause it. People with dementia and other brain illnesses are at highest risk.

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