Delirium is a sudden change in mental condition. It leads to confusion and unusual behaviour. Delirium is also called acute confusional state.
Delirium affects all age groups. It can result from problems that affect the brain, such as stroke. It can also happen after an infection or when using certain medicines. Pain may also cause the problem.
Seeing delirium in a loved one can be scary and sad. But it will go away most of the time. It usually lasts hours to days.
The doctor will look for a cause and take steps to treat it and keep your loved one comfortable.
Symptoms of delirium usually develop over several hours to a few days. Symptoms may change and be more or less severe.
The doctor may:
You may be able to help your loved one by being present and talking to and touching him or her.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Myron F. Weiner, MD - Geriatric Psychiatry
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