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what is delirium?

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Dr. Imad Khreim
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Brain failure: Icu psychosis and brain failure are synonyms. It is more common in the elderly. . It is a state of mind where the patient develops veritable levels of confusion, memory loss and disorientation to time, place and person. It can be associated with hallucinations. Caused by an insult to the brain i.e. Medication, metabolic , other systemic diseases . It is important to treat.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Delirium: Delirium is with acute onset & change in level of consciousness.
Dr. Alan Steinberg
Psychiatry 38 years experience
It is an: Acute confusional state that can be caused by more than 60 reasons. The diagnosis is often difficult to make. It is characterized in a typical case by a waxing and waning level of consciousness. A search should be undertaken to determine the likely cause. Treatment of the delirium revolves around treating the underlying cause.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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Acute Brain Failure: 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. Brains with less reserve capacity are particularly vulnerable. Not entirely unlike acute heart failure. See my last textbook chapter for more reading in the appi textbook of psychiatry (5th ed).
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Attention deficits: Delirium usually refers to a severe increase in confusion with behavior changes. the central and most severe deficit is in attention and awareness of surroundingS. It often occurs with severe illness or drug overdose/withdrawal. It is also called encephalopathy or acute confusional state. Sleep disturbance is a key feature. There are other symptoms that also occur.

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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.
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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How is delirium diagnosed?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Thorough evaluation : Delirium is diagnosed by a doctor after careful evaluation of the patient, often with input of involved family members or caregivers. The doctor will evaluate the symptoms of disturbance of consciousness and cognition and consider the time course and presence of other factors such as substance intoxication, medication use, fever, and other general medical problems.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How is delirium treated?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Treat cause: Delireum can be caused by alot of things. Infection, medication, anesthesia? It's a pretty long list. You have to treat the underlying cause.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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We prefer to use the term precipitant. Causality is reserved for scientifically-proven etiology which we do not have in acute-brain failure delirium. There are modifiable precipitants (i.e. anti-cholinergic meds, UTI, hypoxia) and non-modifiable (age, brain atrophy). Drug or alcohol withdrawal delirium is a different beast biologically and is addressed accordingly.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is a cause of delirium?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Very long list: There are many causes of delirium. Toxins, infections, trauma, medications, drugs, alcohol intoxication or withdrawal, endocrinologic, neoplastic, etc. Already having a dementia or other medical illness can increase the likelihood of delirium. It is an acute medical emergency, and requires examination to determine and treat the cause. For more info: http://tinyurl.Com/95f95r.

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