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Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: No

It's never normal for a person to be confused and talking gibberish.
The question is why, and it usually takes a medical examination to find out. Kidney failure or fever from infection can cause delirium, but there are many other possible causes too. If it's a new problem, the person should see a doctor right away. If it's not new, it may be due to a permanent disability such as stroke.

In brief: No

It's never normal for a person to be confused and talking gibberish.
The question is why, and it usually takes a medical examination to find out. Kidney failure or fever from infection can cause delirium, but there are many other possible causes too. If it's a new problem, the person should see a doctor right away. If it's not new, it may be due to a permanent disability such as stroke.
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Normal, no

But increasing kidney failure can cause mental status changes.

In brief: Normal, no

But increasing kidney failure can cause mental status changes.
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