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Is delusion/confusion a symptom of pneumonia in a cancer patient? Please advise!

Is delusion/confusion a symptom of pneumonia in a cancer patient? Please advise!

Delirium: Confusion in a cancer patient could indicate delirium, a life-threatening condition that affects the brain. Such symptoms require an immediate physician evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Mother was admitted w/ confusion, came down with pneumonia, is on a ventilator. She was sedated. Her eyes are now open, but not aware. Still sedation?

Mother was admitted w/ confusion, came down with pneumonia, is on a ventilator. She was sedated. Her eyes are now open, but not aware. Still sedation?

Hard to say: Confusion in elderly patients can be due to many causes such as dementia and medications. While your mother is on the ventilator, she may be still under the effects of sedation, or she could have other problems such as a stroke, or her pneumonia causing her not to have enough oxygen in her bloodstream. As she recovers from pneumonia, she should wake up and be able to breathe on her own. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has pneumonia in the left lung and is having shaking chills accompanied by confusion (new symptoms) tonight. Should i go to the er?

My 3 yr old has pneumonia in the left lung and is having shaking chills accompanied by confusion (new symptoms) tonight. Should i go to the er?

Depends on situation: You have listed a DX & i assume the child was seen & rx started. It will take 24-48hr for any abx to catch up with the germ & make headway on the infection. If the kid is able to drink enough fluids to pee every 6 hrs & have some playful moments, you can wait a while to let the meds work. If the kidis sickly enough not to drink or otherwise work with you it would be time for a recheck. ...Read more

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Why might confusion occur in an elderly person taking a hot bath?

Only when bathing?: I'm not aware of anything medical to explain why anyone, regardless of age, would become confused only when taking a hot bath, assuming that they don't become confused using more tepid water or when not bathing. My guess is that there's an underlying condition, perhaps dementia, that's exacerbated by misunderstanding or fear of bathing. Try a bird bath instead. You know, sponge bath. Or shower. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...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?

Many things: A large number of things including illnesses, medications (including nonprescription medications) and other things can cause this. Anyone who experiences a sudden onset of a major symptom effecting the brain should see their doctor as soon as possible. Delirium is one of the most common and serious illnesses that can cause this in older adults. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used .Help?

Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used .Help?

Not likely: Exposure to a high level of mold may cause a pneumonitis or inflammatory condition of the lungs but this is very uncommon. Mold on your house may trigger allergies but it's unlikely to pneumonia in the truest sense. As far as differing from other mods, you have to ask a mycologist! ...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?

Yes: Remeron (mirtazapine) has been reported to cause confusion in about 2% of those taking it. Dementia is also a reported side effect, which would likely be associated with memory loss. Elderly patients are often more susceptible to such side effects. More information can be found at http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/remeron-side-effects.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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