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What Does It Mean If I Have Altered Mental Status
Altered mental state: Altered mental status means that someone thinks your mind and behavior are significantly different than your usual way of being. Common causes are extreme fatigue, medications, alcohol, drugs, toxins, nervous system infections, shock, blood stream infections, diabetes crises, severe low sodium or high glucose, low oxygen, kidney failure, etc. Often you would not be aware of these changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusion/Lethargy: Several types of shock: cardiogenic, septic, hypovolemic etc. Patients with any of these will be treated in the ICU and are treated diffirently depending on the type. These patients have decreased awareness may hallucinate, aggitated and pulling lines out etc. They can be on and off to with signs such as deliuium, decreased cognition. Many different symptoms depending on the nature of the shock. ...Read more
Mental Status Exams: As i mentioned earlier, the basic domains of a person's mental state include: appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perceptions, cognition, insight, and judgment. These vital signs of a person's mental status are typically assessed during a mental status evaluation. Other domains may also be assessed, and specific tests may be done when needed. ...Read more
Don't understand: The question? There are really no teaching plans for altered mental status. You need to figure out the cause and treat it if possible. ...Read more
Many things: See your md as soon as possible and have further evaluation. It can be from many condition- but it could be serious. Altered mental status can happen as the result of dehydration that can be caused by increase urination; however it also could be caused by low serum sodium, diabetes, high serum calcium, infection etc also have to be ruled out. You should not delay any more-see your md. ...Read more
Will someone with altered mental status from high potassium return to normal once potassium is lowered?
Possibly..: If the altered mental status is due to a high potassium level, then yes. It is possible, however, that the high potassium level could be a manifestation of some other underlying issue, such as a kidney issue, high blood sugar, etc. If that is the case, then the underlying issue would likely need to be resolved as well. If someone has a change in mental status, they should be seen in the ER. Best. ...Read more
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