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A 62-year-old female asked about a 67-year-old male:

my husband has severe copd and lung cancer. he is now getting delirium and body twitches. his mind is not there most of the time. what's this?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Possibilities...: When the lungs aren't able to work properly, the brain doesn't always get enough oxygen and low oxygen to the brain can cause what you describe. In addition, the carbon dioxide cannot be exhaled properly and high carbon dioxide can cause symptoms like you describe. Supplemental oxygen can help with the low oxygen and BiPAP can sometimes help the carbon dioxide level from getting too high.

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