A 35-year-old member asked:
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why do urinary tract infections cause delirium?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
40 years experience Geriatrics
Only if septic: Urinary tract infections may complicate with sepsis or septicemia which may affect the brain function and cause delirium.
Answered on Dec 6, 2011
Dr. Theresa Redling
34 years experience Geriatrics
Complicated: Delirium, or acute confusion, can present in the elderly from a number of medical illnesses like infection, dehydration, meds, cahnge in environment, etc. The likelihood it will happen increases with age and dementia. An already aging sensitive brain responds to any stresses, possibly by getting confused. It is a true medical emergency and needs immediate evaluation and treatment.
Answered on Nov 2, 2012

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Several things: The most common is incomplete emptying of the bladder because of an enlarged prostate.
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