A 39-year-old member asked:
what sort of problem is altered mental status?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Frederick Shieh answered
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Confusion: Altered mental status is just a medical term for "confusion" which can be caused by a multitude of things. Anything from an infection, to drugs, to electrolyte imbalances and organ failure can all cause altered mental status.
Answered on May 9, 2016
Dr. Susan Uhrich answered
35 years experience Psychiatry
Confusion: A change in mental status usually refers to a person who is confused in some way, though this could also refer to any change in how a person usually is/thinks. Even sleep is technically a change in mental status!
Answered on May 7, 2016
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