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What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

Attention vs memory: Delirium also known as acute confusional state involves difficulty with brain functioning in the context of an acute medical or surgical condition. Attention deficits are the hallmark and other symptoms include hallucinations, confusion, memory impairments and other areas. Dementia involves memory problems, loss of functioning and other brain impairments. It is usually progressive and permanent. ...Read more

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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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Please help! what is the difference between delirium &dementia?

Sxs: Delirium is an acute confusional state caused by many possible things...A waxing and waning level of consciousness is the hallmark of delirium.... ...Read more

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What are the differences between presenile dementia, amnesia and delirium?

What are the differences between presenile dementia, amnesia and delirium?

Here it is: in all the conditions you listed memory is affected. delirium – often happens in elderly who developed a medical problem. Confusion and memory problems eventually will resolve. Amnesia – a general term to describe memory loss as a result of - - - usually, a head trauma, seizure etc. pre-senile dementia - is a type of permanent memory loss - like, Alzheimer's - started earlier than expected ...Read more

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What's the between dementia and delirium?

What's the between dementia and delirium?

Delirium/Dementia: Delirium is with acute onset & change in level of consciousness. Dementia is more chronic, progressive decline in mental status functions. ...Read more

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Cannot find anyone who knows anything about delirium. My mom is being written off as having dementia when this came on suddenly, within days and weeks?

Cannot find anyone who knows anything about delirium. My mom is being written off as having dementia when this came on suddenly, within days and weeks?

Dementia vs delirium: A sudden onset is more typical of delirium, but doesn't rule out dementia. A patient with either diagnosis should not be "written off" — there are reversible causes of dementia. Your mother needs a neurological work-up to clarify the diagnosis and to look for contributing (& reversible) causes of her change in mental state. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how presenile dementia compared with amnesia and delirium differ?

Can you please tell me how presenile dementia compared with amnesia and delirium differ?

Different focus: Presenile dementia is early memory and other higher cogn process loss. Amnesia is only memeory based losses(several types), and delerium is a clouding of all cogn processes, more confusion-like sx and typically more acute and often toxin/metabolic related-and is an emergency. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dementia and mania?

Difference: Dementia refers to brain degeneration, such as either Alzheimers (which involves plaques that build up in the brains cells and structures, or dementia because of restricted or otherwise disrupted blood flow to the brain. Mania refers to a neurotransmitter imbalance that markedly elevates mood, occasionally to the point of the sufferer becoming psychotic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

What is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

Ability vs Memory: Aphasia is a problem specifically of language. It is usually caused by damage to specific areas of the brain. The person may be able to understand others and know what they want to say, but are unable to form the words (expressive aphasia) Dementia is primarily a problem of memory. A person may forget a second language or be unable to remember the names for specific objects. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

Same many times: Dementia is a syndrome with symptoms of memory loss and progressive decline in functioning. It is of many types, the most common type is alzheimer's dementia, cause here is unknown, the next common is multi infarct dementia usually seen in patients who have multiple strokes. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more