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A rare cause of hypoactive delirium.
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PMID:  25331146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 90-year-old man was transferred to a geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) unit for management of hypoactive delirium following a pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction complicated by septic shock. He was found to have central hypothyroidism and hypoadrenalism leading to the diagnosis of hypopituitarism. Cerebral imaging confirmed this was secondary to a pituitary haemorrhage. This case illustrates the complexity of assessment of delirium and its aetiologies. Hypoactive forms of delirium in particular can be difficult to detect and therefore remain undiagnosed. While this patient's delirium was likely multifactorial, his hypopituitary state explained much of his hypoactivity. His drowsiness, bradycardia, hypotension and electrolyte imbalance provided clinical clues to the diagnosis.
S A Kosari; A Amiruddin; S Shorakae; R Kane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-10-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2014     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2014  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
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2014 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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