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Delirium

Delirium: Introduction

Further information about Delirium is below, or review more specific information about these types of Delirium: delirium tremens, Level of consciousness, decreased, Unresponsiveness, Reduced alertness or other types.

A person with delirium has little in the way of rational consciousness. There is no ability to carry on a conversation in any coherent manner, and indeed a delirious person may not even know you are there. True delirium needs to be distinguished from other symptoms such as dementia, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis or dissociation symptoms....more »

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Causes of Delirium:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Delirium. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Delirium

Home medical tests possibly related to Delirium:

Causes of Types of Delirium:

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Delirium: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Delirium, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Delirium Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Delirium may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Delirium

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Delirium may include:

  • Belladonna homeopathic remedy
  • Hyoscyamus homeopathic remedy
  • Stramonium homeopathic remedy
  • Veratrum album homeopathic remedy
  • Arsenicum homeopathic remedy
  • more treatments »

Stories from Users for Delirium

Real-life user stories relating to Delirium:

Message Boards for Delirium

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Delirium or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Delirium:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Delirium. Some of these are listed below :

Medications or substances causing Delirium:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Delirium as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Delirium:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Delirium as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Parnate and tranylcypromine sulfate interaction
  • Amitriptyline and monoamine oxidase inhibitor interaction
  • Clomipramine and monoamine oxidase inhibitor interaction
  • Dothiepin and monoamine oxidase inhibitor interaction
  • Doxepin and monoamine oxidase inhibitor interaction
  • Mianserin and monoamine oxidase inhibitor interaction
  • more interactions...»

Delirium: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Delirium may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Delirium

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Delirium:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Delirium. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Delirium: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Delirium

Underactive thryoid may be misdiagnosed as depression: Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is an endocrine gland disorder that is more common in women. It can mimic...read more »

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden...read more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions,...read more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some...read more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with bipolar seek help from their...read more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of eating...read more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe...read more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure to diagnose these...read more »

Delirium: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Delirium

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Delirium: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Delirium: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Delirium listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Delirium as a symptom include:

Definitions of Delirium:

Disorder characterized by confusion, inattentiveness, disorientation, illusions, hallucinations, agitation and in some instances autonomic nervous system overactivity; may result from toxic or metabolic conditions or structural brain lesions; condition may also be acute and reversible.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

State of violent mental agitation
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Disorder characterized by confusion, inattentiveness, disorientation, illusions, hallucinations, agitation and in some instances autonomic nervous system overactivity; may result from toxic or metabolic conditions or structural brain lesions; condition may also be acute and reversible.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Delirium:

The list of organs typically affected by Delirium may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Delirium

The list below shows some of the causes of Delirium mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Delirium?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Delirium. Of the 381 causes of Delirium that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 6 causes are "common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 16 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 366 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Delirium:

The following list of conditions have 'Delirium' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Delirium:

The following list of medical conditions have Delirium or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Delirium Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Delirium based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Delirium?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Delirium, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Delirium:

    Acute confusional state, Acute brain failure, Acute brain syndrome, Delerium
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Delirium:

    Subtypes of Delirium:

    Delirium tremens (2 causes), Level of consciousness, decreased (11 causes), Unresponsiveness (44 causes), Reduced alertness (12 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Delirium:

    Confusion (780 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Level of consciousness symptoms (1504 causes), Confusion symptoms (643 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Psychiatric symptoms (971 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Mental problems (3121 causes), Dementia (394 causes), Alzheimer's-like symptoms (32 causes), Cognitive impairment (3664 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Personality symptoms (4029 causes), Memory symptoms (523 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Delirium:

    Dementia (394 causes), Syncope (2084 causes), Stupor (98 causes), Coma (862 causes), Alcoholism, Alcohol withdrawal, Delirium tremens (2 causes), Wernicke's encephalopathy, Certain poisons, Drug overdose, Drug withdrawal, Substance intoxication, Marijuana

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    Medical News summaries about Delirium

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