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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||CONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology|
|State||Published - Oct 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology