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What usually causes acute kidney failure in the elderly?

What usually causes acute kidney failure in the elderly?

Meds and Dehydration: Acute kidney failure occurs predominantly from newly prescribed medications like a diuretic (hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) or lasix) or from certain anti-hypertensive medications like an ace or arb (enalapril or cozaar). Also akf occurs in the elderly if they do not get enough water intake especially in warm environments when they sweat a lot. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid condition result in dementia-like symptoms in the elderly?

Can a thyroid condition result in dementia-like symptoms in the elderly?

Yes, possible: Both hyper and hypothyroidism can cause confusion in an elderly person. The only way to know is to get a blood draw. ...Read more

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What are the causes of severe appetite loss in elderly people?

What are the causes of severe appetite loss in elderly people?

Elderly loss of appe: Lack of interest in food due to change in taste buds, depression, lack of energy to cook, deteriorating health, medication side-effects, to name a few. ...Read more

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Sudden acute confusion and dementia, what may be the disease?

Sudden acute confusion and dementia, what may be the disease?

See a doctor ASAP: This may be time to visit an er. It can be delirium and the possible causes can be very threatening while at the same time reversible with immediate care. Don't try to diagnose it - try to get it attended to - now. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Small blood clots : As we get older we notice that we tend to forget things and it gets more difficult to do some of the things that we used to do. Much of this is a natural aging process but is caused by the lack of blood and oxygen to various parts of the brain. Very small blood clots and pieces of cholesterol plaques make their way to the brain and cut off the blood supply in very small vessels. More.... ...Read more

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What disease produces an onset of confusion and memory loss in a middle-aged person?

What disease produces an onset of confusion and memory loss in a middle-aged person?

Could be : Early onset dementia. See a doctor or neuropsychologist for evaluation. They can set you on a track for a full diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Can be: The elderly, due to diminished immune function, can react more severely to all infections, including e. Coli infections. This is also true with colds, flu's, influenza, etc. When the elderly (or very young) get sick, be more diligent in getting them to the doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sudden fever intermittent in patient with renal failure?

What is the cause of sudden fever intermittent in patient with renal failure?

Need a lot more info: You've given too little detail, so you'll need to provide us with more. When you say renal failure, do you mean end-stage renal disease, acute renal failure, chronic renal failure, or something else? What other things are happening with the patient besides the occasional fever? What region of the world is the patient in? Any other concomitant illnesses? How high is the fever? ...Read more

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Can an eye infection worsen dementia in the elderly?

Can an eye infection worsen dementia in the elderly?

Any type of infectio: Can cause a temporary worsening of symptoms in a dementia patient. ...Read more

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Febrile seizures in an adult patient in the icu with a head injury and early onset pneumonia, make sense?

Febrile seizures in an adult patient in the icu with a head injury and early onset pneumonia, make sense?

Yes: I wouldn't call them febrile seizures.That is a label we use for kids who have unexplained seizures during a febrile illness. An adult with a head injury has a potential reason for seizures and any fever would likely bring it out. ...Read more

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Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

No: Remeron (mirtazapine) actually calms down the anxiety that usually is associated with dementia (memory loss) and increases the appetite. Usually we have to tell the elderly to eat more protein and this medication usually make people get the munchies. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of depression in elderly people?

What are the symptoms of depression in elderly people?

Many: There are changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. Could have loss of interest in family and things previously enjoyed; may become more isolated and irritable. Sometimes they become agitated, anxious, and pacing. Concentration may be poor. Such a person needs to see his/her physician for an evaluation -- also a psychiatrist can help differentiate causes & treat effectively. Care is needed w/this. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in an elderly person?

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in an elderly person?

Heat related illness: They can range from mild symptoms such as fatigue and lightheadedness to heat cramps. More serious is heat stroke which can be fatal. It is characterized by a fever of 105 degrees, convulsions, stupor, stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes a sudden change in mentation in the elderly with a history of stroke?

What causes a sudden change in mentation in the elderly with a history of stroke?

Vascular dementia: It is well known that a series of small strokes, called lacunes can eventually add up and cause vascular dementia, similar to alzheimer's. A sudden change may well correlate with a new stroke, perhaps from a larger vessel. Tough to treat, but use a memory enhancing agent plus a drug to prevent strokes. A neurologist who does hospital work would be ideal. ...Read more

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In an older person in their 80's what would be the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest?

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In an older person in their 80's what would be the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest?

Coronary artery dise: Coronary artery disease is the most frequent cause of sudden death over the age of 60. Unfortunately some of these have no symptoms prior to their cardiac arrest ...Read more

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Could an eye infection cause dementia in the elderly?

Could an eye infection cause dementia in the elderly?

Unlikely: Eye infections are typically self contained and the majority will resolve on their own within 2 weeks. They will not cause dementia: however, dementia can predispose to eye infections secondary to poor blinking which fails to clear the tear film. ...Read more

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What are signs of approaching death in the elderly?

What are signs of approaching death in the elderly?

Varies . . .: I'm sorry that you have to ask this question b/c presumably you're about to lose someone close to you. Hopefully, hospice care has been engaged. Answer depends upon time frame, eg days to weeks to months. Check out https://www.caring.com/articles/signs-of-death & http://hospicefoundation.org/End-of-Life-Support-and-Resources/Coping-with-Terminal-Illness/Signs-of-Approaching-Death for 10 signs. ...Read more

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What is the cause of excessive screaming for mild pain in elderly people?

What is the cause of excessive screaming for mild pain in elderly people?

Excessive screaming: I would wonder if the pain isn't really mild. If the person has dementia sometimes they will seem to overreact to stimuli that wouldn't bother other people; it is part of being confused and possibly afraid of whatever is happening. If they aren't suffering from dementia then they might overreact for reasons that all of us overreact; being neglected, a need for attention, underlying anxiety etc. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of dementia in the elderly?

Alzheimers: 70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease. But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too. ...Read more

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