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what are the symptoms of delirium tremens?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Withdrawal: Alcohol is a poison to the nervous system. Most dangerous is the withdrawal from intoxication. During withdrawal patients get the shakes, are confused and agitated with a delirium, and their body functions lose control. This can be very serious and need acute medical management. Many will develop convulsions and severe bleeding. Heavy sedation is the only management.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Seizures: preceded by fever, rapid heart rate, confusion, inability to walk well, irritability and anxiety. Withdrawal begins within hours of the last drink. Within 2-3 days the syndrome is in full swing and the risk of seizures and death is highest within 3-7days. The more regularly one drinks and the larger the amounts, the higher the risk of significant withdrawal.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Varying: The symptoms of delirium tremens include hallucination, disorientation, fast heart rate, increased blood pressure, hyperthermia (increase in body temperature), agitation, and sweating in the setting of alcohol withdrawal.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
The hallucinations are terrifying and seem very real even though the visions are miniatures. Untreated it can be fatal. Alcohol- withdrawal epileptic seizures often accompany it.
Jul 29, 2017

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How is the diagnosis of delirium tremens made?

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History: History of alcohol abuse, time since last use, elevated temperature/pulse/blood pressure and sometimes visual hallucinations.
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What's the between dementia and delirium?

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Attention vs memory: Delirium is also known as acute confusional state or encephalopathy and involves impairments in attention and other areas of brain functioning. It is usually cause by infections, medications, surgery or anesthesia. Dementia is a general term for those illensses that cause memory problems, language problems, problem soving problems etc. Dementia greatly increases the risk of delirium.
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What is agitated delirium?

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Dr. Lionel Lim
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Confusional state: Delirium is an acute state of confusion. It can be triggered by any medical illness, medication or intoxication of culprit substances. Susceptible people tend to be older, frailer, with pre-existing health conditions (e.g. Dementia). There are 2 main types of delirium: the agitated form that makes people combative and aggressive; or the hypoactive form (more common) that causes lethargy.
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What is exhaustion delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Not a diagnosis.: There is no medical term exhaustion delirium but perhaps this is referring to dehydration from heat exhaustion causing confusion.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of impending delirium tremens (dts)?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Can be severe: Delirium tremens or alcohol withdrawal syndrome can have very severe symtpoms. These may include tremenulousness, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, high blood pressure, high heart rate, sweating. This can lead to seizures in the extreme cases. The seizures are usually generalized with uncontrolled movements of all of the limbs.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Actually seizures occur from withdrawal directly and can occur in the absence of DTs.. DTs, if not treated, have a 5% mortality
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Dr. Wasser is correct
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