Diagnosis and management of delirium

James A. Bourgeois, Andreea Seritan

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Abstract

Delirium is an acute- to subacute-onset impairment in cognitive and other psychiatric functions due to central nervous system (CNS) and/or systemic disturbances. Thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and thoughtful nonpharmacological and pharmacological management are necessary to reduce morbidity and improve prognosis. Due to premorbid CNS illness, neurological patients are exquisitely vulnerable to delirium. In addition, several groups of medications used for neurological illness predispose patients to delirium. Recent literature provides additional insights into the genesis, diagnosis, classification, and management of delirium. Confident management of delirium is essential to modern psychiatric and neurological practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Volume12
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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