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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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Depends: We believe delirium occurs when the brain cannot maintain its normal activities when overwhelmed by metabolic demands or other variables which exceed the brain's capacity to compensate for. Brain with less reserve capacity are more vulnerable. Not entirely unlike acute heart failure. This is different than delirium tremens which is caused by neurochemical changes from drug/etoh withdrawl.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

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.
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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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

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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