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What are the complications of delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 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 48 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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Psychiatry 27 years experience
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 38-year-old member asked:

What is delirium?

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Dr. Imad Khreim
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Brain failure: Icu psychosis and brain failure are synonyms. It is more common in the elderly. . It is a state of mind where the patient develops veritable levels of confusion, memory loss and disorientation to time, place and person. It can be associated with hallucinations. Caused by an insult to the brain i.e. Medication, metabolic , other systemic diseases . It is important to treat.

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