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Delirium from nicotine withdrawal in neuro-ICU patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11502936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Five cases of presumed nicotine withdrawal delirium among brain-injured patients treated in a neurologic intensive care unit are presented. Each patient had a history of heavy tobacco use and experienced dramatic and sustained clinical improvement within hours of transdermal nicotine replacement. These preliminary observations suggest that nicotine withdrawal may be an under-recognized cause of delirium in patients with acute brain injury.
S A Mayer; J Y Chong; E Ridgway; K C Min; C Commichau; G L Bernardini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurology     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0028-3878     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurology     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-14     Completed Date:  2002-01-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401060     Medline TA:  Neurology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  551-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Critical Care Neurology, Department of Neurology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Cutaneous
Delirium / etiology*,  physiopathology
Intensive Care Units
Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology*
Nicotine / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / complications*,  physiopathology
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