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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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