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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens?

Do a lot of people get delirium tremens?

Alcoholics: Chronic alcoholics develop delirium tremens during the withdrawal process. It is a serious illness and needs to be treated as an emergency. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Delirium (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Do a lot of people get puerperal psychosis?

Do a lot of people get puerperal psychosis?

No: Puerperal psychosis occurs in 1 or 2 out of 1000 childbirths, usually in young, first-time mothers. This might seem like a pretty significant group, but compared to other postpartum disorders it's relatively rare. Maternity blues affects 50-75% of new mothers and postpartum depression is seen in 10-15% of new mothers. These women likely have other mood disorders like bipolar. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens? Or only if they drink too much?

DTs: Delerium tremens, is severe alcohol withdrawal, and can be deadly so it is treated with strong withdrawal medications in the intensive care units. The patient has severe confusion, is often very agitated, has shaking, and may have seizures. If a person drinks a lot daily, has done this for years, and then abruptly stops drinking, can go into dts. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get toxemia?

Do a lot of people get toxemia?

Toxemia: Those people that already had toxemia with other baby are at a much higher risk of developing the disease with the next pregnancies. Averages around 25% for this people. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get primary insomnia?

Do a lot of people get primary insomnia?

No: Most cases of insomnia are secondary, meaning they are caused by other medical problems (pain, need to use restroom, sleep apnea, etc), depression or other psychiatric-medical problems, psychophysiological (a learned set of behaviors leading to insomnia), or substance-related (such as caffeine). Rarely, insomnia is primary, but it does happen. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get confusion and headache?

Do a lot of people get confusion and headache?

Depends: What you need to know is that severe headache, thunderclap, confusion, or associated with nasuea, vomiting, or not responding to therapy requires a visit to doctor asap. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get myocarditis?

Do a lot of people get myocarditis?

Maybe: Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscles) may occur from a variety of sources. In addition to viral infections there are bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and other inciting organisms. In addition one can have cancerous myocarditis and also a variety of metabolic conditions can also cause this (hemochromatosis, e.g.). Cannot calculate the overall frequency with which these occur. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get cholecystitis?

Do a lot of people get cholecystitis?

Yes: Chronic cholecystitis is caused by transient obstruction of the gallbladder by a gallstone, causing right-upper or upper-midline pain(non-cramping, severe, radiating into back); it is often associated with nausea+/-vomiting. Acute cholecystitis will cause the same pain, however it may last for a day or more, and may be associated with fever. ~750, 000 operations/yr in us, so it is quite common. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get renal trauma?

Do a lot of people get renal trauma?

Depends of Severity: The kidneys are generally well protected under the ribs and heavy flank muscles. However, major blows such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls from heights, large objects, fists, etc. May crush or compress the kidneys. Of course penetrating objects like knives, gunshots, or missiles, can directly damage any internal organ. Blood in the urine is often found after major kidney trauma. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get shigellosis?

Do a lot of people get shigellosis?

Shigellosis: Shigella species are a common cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Shigella organisms are more resistant to stomach acid than other bacteria. Therefore, it takes relatively few organisms to cause disease. Shigellosis can result from contaminated food and water and person-to-person spread (shaking hands). ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get loss of memory?

Do a lot of people get loss of memory?

Yes: Millions of people develop each year memory problems, they tend to avoid the healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get gastroenteritis?

Do a lot of people get gastroenteritis?

Yes: It is a common illness caused by a virus that has no specific cure. Fortunately, gastroenteritis is self-limited and resolves without specific treatment. Treatment is supportive and symptom directed. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get croup?

Do a lot of people get croup?

Fair number: In North America, incidence peaks in the second year of life, at 5-6 cases per 100 children.Croup is most common pediatric illness that causes acute stridor, accounting for approximately 15% of clinic and emergency department visits for pediatric respiratory tract infections. Primarily disease of infants and toddlers, with a peak incidence from age 6 months to 36 months (3 years) in US. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get Parkinson's disease?

Do a lot of people get Parkinson's disease?

The best information: It is estimated that 6.3 million people have parkinson’s worldwide, affecting all races and cultures. The age of onset is usually over 60, but it is estimated that one in ten are diagnosed before the age of 50, with slightly more men than women affected. Anyone can get parkinson’s, but it is more common in older people. It is not contagious and cannot be spread from one person to another. Acco. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get renal infarction?

Do a lot of people get renal infarction?

Rare event: Renal infarction is the term for loss of blood supply to all or a portion of the kidney which then dies. It is not a common event. It can be caused by atherosclerosis or more rarely, by blood clots lodging in the renal arteries. It can be a consequence of surgery on the abdominal aorta. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get volvulus?

Do a lot of people get volvulus?

Rarely: Volvulus is a twisting of the GI tract. It can occur at the stomach level, small bowel and proximal colon or the sigmoid colon. Some activities such as laxative abuse may predispose to volvulus. Oftentimes volvulus occurs due to congenital non fixation of the intestine. Any frequent severe abdominal pain associated with bilious (green) vomiting needs prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get frostbite?

Do a lot of people get frostbite?

Frostbite=freezing: Frostbite is a real risk whenever people spend time outdoors in freezing temperatures. It occurs when tissue of the body freezes. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure... If you are going to be spending time outdoors in severe weather make sure you are dressed appropriately. If you aren't sure, head to your nearest outdoors store and speak with a knowledgable outdoorsman. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get constipation?

Do a lot of people get constipation?

Constipation Child: Constipation in children can manifest as small hard stool, pain when trying to defecate &/or abdominal pain. It may take weeks-months to fully resolve the problem so does require patience . Increasing fibre (wholemeal breads/pasta, fruit, vegetable) and water in the diet are the most effective natural remedies. Over the counter laxatives are helpful & safe e.g. lactulose or paraffin. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get pancreatitis, chronic?

Do a lot of people get pancreatitis, chronic?

Not common: Many more people get acute pancreatitis, due to gallstones that got stuck along the pathway, alcohol, trauma, meds, high triglycerides (>800-1000). Chronic pancreatitis most commonly seen in chronic alcohol abusers, with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, induced by continued intake of alcohol. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens?

Alcoholics: Chronic alcoholics develop delirium tremens during the withdrawal process. It is a serious illness and needs to be treated as an emergency. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens? Or only if they drink too much?

DTs: Delerium tremens, is severe alcohol withdrawal, and can be deadly so it is treated with strong withdrawal medications in the intensive care units. The patient has severe confusion, is often very agitated, has shaking, and may have seizures. If a person drinks a lot daily, has done this for years, and then abruptly stops drinking, can go into dts. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of delirium tremens?

DTs: To prevent serious damage and seizures, vitamins and benzodiazepine, fluids, and other supportive therapies. Some physicians use Phenobarbital to help with withdrawal. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of delirium tremens?

Seizures: preceded by fever, rapid heart rate, confusion, inability to walk well, irritability and anxiety. Withdrawal begins within hours of the last drink. Within 2-3 days the syndrome is in full swing and the risk of seizures and death is highest within 3-7days. The more regularly one drinks and the larger the amounts, the higher the risk of significant withdrawal. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is delirium tremens?

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. ...Read more

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How is the diagnosis of delirium tremens made?

History: History of alcohol abuse, time since last use, elevated temperature/pulse/blood pressure and sometimes visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about experiencing delirium tremens?

Can you tell me about experiencing delirium tremens?

Hallucinations/shakes: While I have not personally experienced delirium tremens or dts, I have seen it on a number of occasions in alcoholics withdrawing from alcohol. It is characterized primarily by visual hallucinations, shaking tremors, high blood pressure, and rapid pulse. This is a medical emergency that can lead to seizures and death if not treated properly with IV fluids, enough valium to reverse the symptoms, and folic acid. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: delirium tremens?

Alcohol withdrawal: Within 6-96 hrs after abrupt cessation of drinking, an alcoholic may develop withdrawal seizures followed by confusion, florid hallucinations, tremulousness, disorientation, agitation, even combativeness. This could well be life threatening and must be treated within a hospital, even an icu. Thiamine administration is critical. ...Read more

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What are the signs that you may start to have delirium tremens happen soon?

Varied: Delirium tremens is the presentation of delirium which is a acute change in the sensorium in other words the way you interpret and associate with external stimili. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of getting delirium tremens?

See below: Shakes and agitation are early signs but are often seen in alcohol withdrawal that does not proceed to dts. Confusion and hallucinations are more specific but these are no longer early signs. If yu have any signs of withdrawal, you need to be under medical care. ...Read more

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How long does it take for delirium tremens to set in?

How long does it take for delirium tremens to set in?

Delirium tremens: This is a withdrawal syndrome that can happen when you stop drinking alcohol after a period of heavy drinking -- especially if not eating enough food. Symptoms most often occur within 72 hours after the last drink. However, they may occur up to 7 - 10 days after the last drink. These include body tremors, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, sweating, etc. Can lead to seizures. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of impending delirium tremens (dts)?

Can be severe: Delirium tremens or alcohol withdrawal syndrome can have very severe symtpoms. These may include tremenulousness, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, high blood pressure, high heart rate, sweating. This can lead to seizures in the extreme cases. The seizures are usually generalized with uncontrolled movements of all of the limbs. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for delirium tremens?

Hospitalization: Delerium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that can involve nervous system (anxiety, hallucinations, agitation, seizures) and cardiovascular (high blood pressure, heart racing) changes. It can be very dangerous. Treatment with various medications (often anti-anxiety medications in the class of benzodiazepines) is used to help people withdraw safely. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for delirium tremens?

Treat symptoms: There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for delirium tremens, a potentially-fatal withdrawal syndrome of alcohol abuse. In general the goal is to treat the symptoms and gently support the person through withdrawal while keeping them alive. The important thing to remember is dt can kill you; it must be treated early and aggressively. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for delirium tremens?

DTs: No! this is a life threatening situation and needs treatment by a physician. ...Read more

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Could you develop delirium tremens without other alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Could you develop delirium tremens without other alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Sequences: Often the first occurrence is a withdrawal seizure at 6-96 hrs after stopping the booze, and delirium tremens begins shortly after seizure activity. However, have seen patients without any premonitory tremors or seizures and go directly into delirium tremens. So, could well be variable. ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't treat delerium tremens?

What will happen if you don't treat delerium tremens?

DT: Delirium tremens is the shakes caused by withdrawal from alcohol, along with confusion, disorientation, nightmares, diarrhea, fever, sweat, high BP & agitation, all occurring days after heavy drinking. If untreated, can lead to convulsions & death. ...Read more

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What are examples of things that can be said during delerium tremens?

What are examples of things that can be said during delerium tremens?

?: Not sure what you mean? Dt's is a life threating condition that includes an altered mental state and can be lifethreating without treatment. Individuals with dt being that they are delirious could say just about anything that may not make any sense, could be having hallucinations and not be in touch with reality, so that leaves what could be said by someone in dt's wide open, . ...Read more

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What do delerium tremens do to your brain?

What do delerium tremens do to your brain?

DTs: Depends on the severity as it can cause mild damage to death. If you have had this disorder then you should be under careful observation and medical care. Develop a healthy life style and do not drink any amount of alcohol. ...Read more

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Does alcohol withdrawal generally cause hot flashes and/or fever without delerium tremens (dt's)?

Does alcohol withdrawal generally cause hot flashes and/or fever without delerium tremens (dt's)?

Certainly can....: Withdrawal from alcohol causes instability of many pathways, including those that control body temperature, even in the abscence of dt's. Other common complaints are diarrhea and agitation. Typically these will all resolve within a few days, however alcohol withdrawal is one of the few drug withdrawals that can be life-threatening. Heavy drinkers: seek the help of a doctor when quitting. ...Read more

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