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What is the difference between delirium and dementia?
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Consciousness
Delirium is defined as waxing and waning consciousness while dementia is related to cognitive decline without a chage in consciousness.

In brief: Consciousness
Delirium is defined as waxing and waning consciousness while dementia is related to cognitive decline without a chage in consciousness.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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