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Identification and management of delirium in the critically ill patient with cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12574707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rather than a specific entity, delirium is at the midpoint on a spectrum of potential mental status changes that ranges from full consciousness to deep coma. The extremes are relatively easy to recognize, but other points along the spectrum may go unrecognized or be misdiagnosed. If recognized and treated expeditiously, delirium may be reversed in some patients. It is imperative that those caring for critically ill patients with cancer have the knowledge and tools necessary to identify and manage delirium appropriately. Although all critically ill patients are at risk for delirium, cancer presents additional assaults to the central nervous system via direct tumor invasion or iatrogenic provocations. This article describes delirium in cancer, and addresses diagnostic and management issues across the course of the disease.
Candis Morrison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AACN clinical issues     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1079-0713     ISO Abbreviation:  AACN Clin Issues     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-07     Completed Date:  2003-04-16     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508191     Medline TA:  AACN Clin Issues     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  92-111     Citation Subset:  N    
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use
Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
Delirium / diagnosis*,  etiology,  therapy*
Diagnosis, Differential
Mental Disorders / diagnosis
Neoplasms / complications*,  drug therapy,  physiopathology
Risk Factors
Terminology as Topic
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 0/Antipsychotic Agents; 12794-10-4/Benzodiazepines

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