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what kind of condition is delirium tremens?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Withdrawal Alcohol?: Delirium tremens is an acute episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol, first described in benzodiazepines are the treatment of choice for delirium tremens (dt)withdrawal from sedative-hypnotics other than alcohol, such as benzodiazepines, or barbiturates, can also result in seizures, delirium tremens, and death if not properly managed.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

How is the diagnosis of delirium tremens made?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
History: History of alcohol abuse, time since last use, elevated temperature/pulse/blood pressure and sometimes visual hallucinations.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What's the between dementia and delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is agitated delirium?

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Dr. Lionel Lim
Geriatrics 24 years experience
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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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is exhaustion delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not a diagnosis.: There is no medical term exhaustion delirium but perhaps this is referring to dehydration from heat exhaustion causing confusion.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Attention vs memory: Delirium also known as acute confusional state involves difficulty with brain functioning in the context of an acute medical or surgical condition. Attention deficits are the hallmark and other symptoms include hallucinations, confusion, memory impairments and other areas. Dementia involves memory problems, loss of functioning and other brain impairments. It is usually progressive and permanent.

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