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Can intermittent delirium be caused by old head injuries or long-term exposure to pesticides?

Can intermittent delirium be caused by old head injuries or long-term exposure to pesticides?

It really depends: You a military veteran? Sounds like a question common to those patients since certain issues apply under such scenarios. Generally, speaking delirium or encephalopathy is felt to be caused by a metabolic instability not brought on by old head injuries or other factors long since gone as continuous irritants or triggers such as pesticides. Write to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi with more questions. ...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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What to do if my grandfather has delirium, i need help, don't know where to ask else?

What to do if my grandfather has delirium, i need help, don't know where to ask else?

Should resolve: Delirium can have many causes in the elderly. It is a medical emergency. Once the underlying cause is found and treated, the confusion will resolve, although it may take many months. Orienting the person, having companionship and familiar surroundings are all helpful. The doctor may need to prescribe medication for agitation or irritability until the condition improves. ...Read more

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How can I manage end of life delirium?

How can I manage end of life delirium?

Meds, hydration: The issues to consider: reducing some existing meds (sometimes opioids), adding meds to help control delirium (often haloperidol is a first choice), and sometimes small amounts of hydration can be helpful. You should get an experienced clinician to help--if you're at home with someone, call the hospice or your doctor's office. ...Read more

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Delirium from pneumonia, how can I deal with it?

Meds, reorientation: Delirium is a common occurrence I encounter in the hospital, especially with older patients. I encourage frequent reorientation, avoid constipation, treating the underlying condition that triggered the delirium, and sometimes requires medications (like haldol (haloperidol) or risperdal) to treat it. ...Read more

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I have delirium from pneumonia, how to deal with it?

I have delirium from pneumonia, how to deal with it?

Very unusual: It is very unusual for a 33 year old to be delirious from pneumonia unless your are extremely hypoxic. In that scenario, you would be unable to type your question. Please clarify what particular symptoms you are struggling with, and or see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I have experienced delirium tremors iif i felt like my spine was jerking?

Could I have experienced delirium tremors iif i felt like my spine was jerking?

Doubtful: D. Tremors occur in an alcoholic person during withdrawal of alcohol and associated with severe confusion and disorientation during the state. Person usually does not remember the state. It does not seem that you are describing these symptoms. ...Read more

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What is delirium?

What is delirium?

Delirium: Delirium is with acute onset & change in level of consciousness. ...Read more

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How is delirium treated?

How is delirium treated?

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. ...Read more

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How is delirium diagnosed?

How is delirium diagnosed?

Delirium: Delirium is a clinical diagnosis, usually made in the context of other underlying medical conditions. Mental status changes within hours to days from normal waking to confusion ; reduced awareness of the environment. Activity level can be agitated to stuporous, even progressing to coma if the cause is not found and addressed. Multiple assessment scales exist also: http://tinyurl.Com/nyh77jo. ...Read more

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What is delirium nocturnum?

Not common term: Literally, confusion at night. Many illnesses have increased symptoms at night includg dementia where the term sundowning is used. ...Read more

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