25 May 2009

Delirium accelerates cognitive decline in Alzheimer disease

Delirium may cause rapid cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease
American Academy of Neurology: 4 May 2009
Alzheimer’s disease patients who develop delirium, a sudden state of severe confusion and disorientation, are significantly more likely to experience rapid cognitive decline than Alzheimer’s patients who didn’t experience delirium, according to research published in the May 5, 2009, print issue of Neurology … Delirium often follows a medical disturbance or complication, such as infection, medication side effects or surgery. It’s estimated that delirium occurs in up to 89 percent of Alzheimer’s disease patients during hospitalization. Fong says that delirium in elderly patients should be avoided for many other reasons. …> full press release

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