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Are people generally hospitalized for delirium?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: If acute and serious

There are many causes for delirium.
Most common would be drug toxicity. This can be very serious and need acute medical care. Withdrawal from alcohol produces delirium that can cause serious medical complications. Infections of the brain can present with delirium and progress to coma. Patients with long standing psychiatric disease or dementia do not need hospitalization.

In brief: If acute and serious

There are many causes for delirium.
Most common would be drug toxicity. This can be very serious and need acute medical care. Withdrawal from alcohol produces delirium that can cause serious medical complications. Infections of the brain can present with delirium and progress to coma. Patients with long standing psychiatric disease or dementia do not need hospitalization.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Often, yes

By definition, delirium is an acute change in mental status characterized by altered alertness, focusing ability, and activity level; confusion; disorientation to time ; place, etc; decreased short-term recall; disrupted attention; disorganized thinking, etc.
Medications and drugs (including withdrawal) are common causes, but so are infections ; many other medical causes needing acute treatment.

In brief: Often, yes

By definition, delirium is an acute change in mental status characterized by altered alertness, focusing ability, and activity level; confusion; disorientation to time ; place, etc; decreased short-term recall; disrupted attention; disorganized thinking, etc.
Medications and drugs (including withdrawal) are common causes, but so are infections ; many other medical causes needing acute treatment.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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