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What is the relationship between sepsis, depression and dementia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sepsis is a serious

Type of infection which can cause a temporary worsening of symptoms of both depression and dementia.

In brief: Sepsis is a serious

Type of infection which can cause a temporary worsening of symptoms of both depression and dementia.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Complicated

If a person has dementia, any physical illness can make the cognitive dysfunction worse.
As one of these physical illnesses, sepsis can cause confusion, disorientation, agitation, and hallucinations in an elderly person with dementia. If severe, the person's state of alertness can become obtunded and possibly mistaken for "depression." any changes in consciousness do need urgent evaluation.

In brief: Complicated

If a person has dementia, any physical illness can make the cognitive dysfunction worse.
As one of these physical illnesses, sepsis can cause confusion, disorientation, agitation, and hallucinations in an elderly person with dementia. If severe, the person's state of alertness can become obtunded and possibly mistaken for "depression." any changes in consciousness do need urgent evaluation.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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