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What are the complications of delirium?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
What casued the delerium? Anesthesia? It usually passes in hrs.
Psych meds? Surgery, lsd, stroke, altzheimers, depending on the cause the complications are anything you can think of if a person isn't thinking right; , hurting others or themselves, malnutrition or any organ can fail with long term delirum.

In brief: Depends
What casued the delerium? Anesthesia? It usually passes in hrs.
Psych meds? Surgery, lsd, stroke, altzheimers, depending on the cause the complications are anything you can think of if a person isn't thinking right; , hurting others or themselves, malnutrition or any organ can fail with long term delirum.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
There has been ~15 years of scientific exploration of this question.
Older patients with less cerebral reserve with prolonged delirium are less likely to return to baseline. Younger patients with more cerebral reserve and shorter delirium fair better. Prolonged and severe delirium does appear to produce some neurotoxicity. See my chapter in appi textbook of psychiatry (2008) for more discussion.

In brief: Depends
There has been ~15 years of scientific exploration of this question.
Older patients with less cerebral reserve with prolonged delirium are less likely to return to baseline. Younger patients with more cerebral reserve and shorter delirium fair better. Prolonged and severe delirium does appear to produce some neurotoxicity. See my chapter in appi textbook of psychiatry (2008) for more discussion.
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
In brief: It is serious
And it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of functioning and dementia if not recognized and treated.
One study shows that if symptoms do not resolve in 2 weeks there is a permanent loss of functioning in older adults.

In brief: It is serious
And it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of functioning and dementia if not recognized and treated.
One study shows that if symptoms do not resolve in 2 weeks there is a permanent loss of functioning in older adults.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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