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Severity delirium

Soenke Boettger, David Garcia Nuñez, Rafael Meyer, Andre Richter, Alain Rudiger, Maria Schubert, Josef Jenewein
BACKGROUND: With its high incidence and subsequent adverse consequences in the intensive care setting, several instruments have been developed to screen for and detect delirium. One of the more commonly used is the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC); however, the optimal cut-off score indicating delirium has been debated. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, the ICDSC threshold for delirium set at ≥3, ≥4, or ≥5 was compared with the DSM-IV-TR-determined diagnosis of delirium (used as standard), and with the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU), with respect to their concurrent validity...
March 14, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
C Ricardo Ramirez, M L Álvarez Gómez, C A Agudelo Vélez, S Zuluaga Penagos, R A Consuegra Peña, K Uribe Hernández, I C Mejía Gil, E M Cano Londoño, M Elorza Parra, J G Franco Vásquez
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical characteristics, prevalence and factors associated with delirium in critical patients from 5 to 14 years of age. DESIGN: An analytical, cross-sectional observational study was made. Delirium was assessed with the Pediatric-Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (pCAM-ICU) and motor classification was established with the Delirium Rating Scale Revised-98. SETTING: A pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
March 9, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Ying-Zi Shen, Ke Peng, Juan Zhang, Xiao-Wen Meng, Fuhai Ji
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to investigate whether or not the use of haloperidol could reduce the incidence of delirium in adult patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, Elsevier, Wiley, and Ovid were searched for randomized controlled trials and prospective interventional cohort studies that compared haloperidol with placebo for delirium prophylaxis or with second generation antipsychotics for delirium treatment...
March 8, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Timothy D Girard, Jennifer L Thompson, Pratik P Pandharipande, Nathan E Brummel, James C Jackson, Mayur B Patel, Christopher G Hughes, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Brenda T Pun, Leanne M Boehm, Mark R Elstad, Richard B Goodman, Gordon R Bernard, Robert S Dittus, E W Ely
BACKGROUND: Delirium during critical illness results from numerous insults, which might be interconnected and yet individually contribute to long-term cognitive impairment. We sought to describe the prevalence and duration of clinical phenotypes of delirium (ie, phenotypes defined by clinical risk factors) and to understand associations between these clinical phenotypes and severity of subsequent long-term cognitive impairment. METHODS: In this multicentre, prospective cohort study, we included adult (≥18 years) medical or surgical ICU patients with respiratory failure, shock, or both as part of two parallel studies: the Bringing to Light the Risk Factors and Incidence of Neuropsychological Dysfunction in ICU Survivors (BRAIN-ICU) study, and the Delirium and Dementia in Veterans Surviving ICU Care (MIND-ICU) study...
March 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Hajime Senjo, Akio Mori, Minoru Kanaya, Koh Izumiyama, Kohei Okada, Kimihiro Takeyabu, Hirotoshi Tobioka, Makoto Saito, Masanori Tanaka, Takanori Teshima, Masanobu Morioka
An 84-year-old man, who had received artificial pneumothorax for pulmonary tuberculosis 67 years previously, complained of severe chest pain. Chest CT revealed chronic pyothorax with multiple heterogeneously enhanced cavity lesions in the wall of the right intrathoracic space.18 FDG-PET revealed that the lesions showed an abnormal uptake. CT-guided biopsy was performed and he was diagnosed with pyothorax-associated lymphoma (PAL); the histological diagnosis was diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Furthermore, immunohistochemical staining revealed that the tumor cells were positive for EBNA-2 and LMP-1, suggesting that the latent gene products of Epstein-Barr virus were associated with the development of PAL...
2018: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
Rajan Jain, Priti Arun, Ajeet Sidana, Atul Sachdev
Objective: Till date, typical antipsychotic haloperidol is the treatment of choice for delirium. But, due to higher side effects with haloperidol, newer atypical antipsychotics (e.g., olanzapine) are increasingly being used in the treatment of delirious patients. The aim of the current research was to study the efficacy and tolerability of haloperidol and olanzapine in the treatment of delirium. Materials and Methods: This was an open-label, randomized controlled study carried out in a tertiary care hospital at Chandigarh, India...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Drayton A Hammond, Laura Baumgartner, Craig Cooper, Elisabeth Donahey, Serena A Harris, Jessica M Mercer, Mandy Morris, Mona K Patel, Angela M Plewa-Rusiecki, Alia A Poore, Ryan Szaniawski, Deanna Horner
PURPOSE: To summarize selected meta-analyses and trials related to critical care pharmacotherapy published in 2017. The Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Literature Update (CCPLU) Group screened 32 journals monthly for impactful articles and reviewed 115 during 2017. Two meta-analyses and eight original research trials were reviewed here from those included in the monthly CCPLU. Meta-analyses on early, goal-directed therapy for septic shock and statin therapy for acute respiratory distress syndrome were summarized...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Silvio Simeone, Gianluca Pucciarelli, Marco Perrone, Teresa Rea, Gianpaolo Gargiulo, Assunta Guillari, Gaetano Castellano, Luigi Di Tommaso, Massimo Niola, Gabriele Iannelli
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To observe the clinical and structural factors that can be associated with the post-operative onset of delirium in patients who have undergone heart surgery. BACKGROUND: Several risk factors could contribute to the development of delirium, such as the use of some sedative drugs and a patient's history with certain types of acute chronic disease. However, in the literature, there is little knowledge about the association between delirium in patients who have undergone cardio-surgical intervention and their clinical and environmental predictors...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Marcus Thudium, Ingo Heinze, Richard K Ellerkmann, Tobias Hilbert
BACKGROUND: Postoperative neurological injury still represents a major cause of morbidity after cardiac surgery. Our objective was to compare the limits as well as advantages of routine monitoring tools for the detection of cerebral function and perfusion deficits during cardiopulmonary bypass in a daily clinical setting. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery with use of cardiopulmonary bypass were included. Patients received monitoring comprising Bispectral Index (BIS), Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and assessment of middle cerebral artery flow velocity (MCAV) using transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography...
January 31, 2018: Heart Surgery Forum
Harriet Riegger, Alexa Hollinger, Burkhardt Seifert, Katharina Toft, Andrea Blum, Tatjana Zehnder, Martin Siegemund
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a neurobehavioural syndrome that frequently develops in the postoperative setting. The incidence of elderly patients who develop delirium during hospital stay ranges from 10 to 80% (Schonauer et al., J Pept Sci. 2017). Delirium was first described more than half a century ago in the cardiac surgery population (Blachy and Starr, Am J Psychiatry 121:371-5, 1964), where it was already discovered as a state that might be accompanied by serious complications such as prolonged ICU and hospital stay, reduced quality of life and increased mortality...
February 26, 2018: Trials
Mario Ganau, Andrea Lavinio, Lara Prisco
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a global public health epidemic. It represents the principal cause of death and disability in individuals under 35 in the United States. In the subacute phase, severe TBI patients who recover consciousness go through a state of agitation and delirium. However, there is only limited research exploring the characteristics of post-traumatic delirium (PTD) although it is likely to be more frequent than in general Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. Evidence suggest the incidence of delirium in non-TBI ICU patients is up to 86%...
February 22, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Savita Malhotra, Debasish Basu, Abhishek Ghosh, Madhu Khullar, Neera Chugh, Neeraj Kakkar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Delirium Tremens (DT) is the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, with a potential risk of mortality. Search for the predictors of DT led to study of candidate genes, with inconsistent and inconclusive results. This study aimed to explore the association of various candidate gene polymorphisms and DT in a case-control design. METHODS: This was a genetic association study with a case control design. Two hundred ten Alcohol dependent (AD) male subjects and 200 age matched controls were recruited...
February 12, 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Hideki Onishi, Mayumi Ishida, Iori Tanahashi, Takao Takahashi, Kenji Ikebuchi, Yoshitada Taji, Hisashi Kato, Tatsuo Akechi
OBJECTIVE: Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is a neuropsychiatric disorder caused by a thiamine deficiency. Although WE has been recognized in cancer patients, it can be overlooked because many patients do not exhibit symptoms that are typical of WE, such as delirium, ataxia, or ocular palsy. Furthermore, outpatients with WE who intermittently present at psycho-oncology clinics have not been described as far as we can ascertain. METHOD: This report describes two patients who did not exhibit the complete classic triad of symptoms among a series with cancer and WE, and who attended a psycho-oncology outpatient clinic...
February 26, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
Brian J Anderson, Christopher F Chesley, Miranda Theodore, Colin Christie, Ryan Tino, Alex Wysoczanski, Kristy Ramphal, Michelle Oyster, Laurel Kalman, Mary K Porteous, Christian A Bermudez, Edward Cantu, Dennis L Kolson, Jason D Christie, Joshua M Diamond
BACKGROUND: Delirium significantly affects post-operative outcomes, but the incidence, risk factors, and long-term impact of delirium in lung transplant recipients have not been well studied. METHODS: We analyzed 155 lung transplant recipients enrolled in the Lung Transplant Outcomes Group (LTOG) cohort at a single center. We determined delirium incidence by structured chart review, identified risk factors for delirium, determined whether plasma concentrations of 2 cerebral injury markers (neuron-specific enolase [NSE] and glial fibrillary acidic protein [GFAP]) were associated with delirium, and determined the association of post-operative delirium with 1-year survival...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Kasia Bail, Brian Draper, Helen Berry, Rosemary Karmel, John Goss
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired complications increase length of stay and contribute to poorer patient outcomes. Older adults are known to be at risk for four key hospital-acquired complications (pressure injuries, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and delirium). These complications have been identified as sensitive to nursing characteristics such as staffing levels and level of education. The cost of these complications compared to the cost of admission severity, dementia, other comorbidities or age has not been established...
2018: PloS One
Rena Pombo, Etta Johnson, Alejandra Gamboa, Bennet Omalu
Manic episodes induced by antidepressant withdrawal are rarely reported. Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic, piperazinoazepine compound and is a noradrenergic, adrenergic, serotonergic, histaminergic, and muscarinic-antagonist antidepressant that is used for the treatment of major depression and other psychiatric illnesses. There are several reported cases of manic/hypomanic episodes induced by mirtazapine withdrawal based on suspected clinical symptoms that were not confirmed by autopsy and toxicology. We present the first reported case of mirtazapine withdrawal-induced mania/hypomania associated with sudden death and confirmed by autopsy and toxicology...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
Shannon R Hinson, A Sebastian Lopez-Chiriboga, James H Bower, Joseph Y Matsumoto, Anhar Hassan, Eati Basal, Vanda A Lennon, Sean J Pittock, Andrew McKeon
Background: Glycine receptor alpha-1 subunit (GlyRα1)-immunoglobulin G (IgG) is diagnostic of stiff-person syndrome (SPS) spectrum but has been reported detectable in other neurologic diseases for which significance is less certain. Methods: To assess GlyRα1-IgGs as biomarkers of SPS spectrum among patients and controls, specimens were tested using cell-based assays (binding [4°C] and modulating [antigen endocytosing, 37°C]). Medical records of seropositive patients were reviewed...
March 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Heather Torbic, Abhijit Duggal
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an acute inflammatory process that impairs the ability of the lungs to oxygenate and ultimately leads to respiratory failure. Patients who develop ARDS often have prolonged and complicated hospital courses putting them at risk for intensive care unit (ICU) delirium. Patients with ICU delirium often need chemical sedation, mechanical ventilation, prolonged duration of ICU and hospital stays, long-term cognitive impairment, and increased mortality. In a patient with ARDS, ICU delirium further complicates the hospital course and increases the risk of morbidly and mortality...
February 14, 2018: Pharmacotherapy
Quintí Foguet-Boreu, Montse Coll-Negre, Montse Serra-Millàs, Miquel Cavalleria-Verdaguer
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a severe motor syndrome occurring as a consequence of neuroleptic treatment. We present a case of a 67-year-old Caucasian woman with a history of a major depressive disorder with psychotic features. During her third hospital admission, symptoms of autonomic instability, hyperpyrexia, severe extrapyramidal side effects, and delirium appeared, suggesting NMS due to concomitant treatment with risperidone and quetiapine, among other drugs. Despite several consecutive pharmacological treatments (lorazepam, bromocriptine and amantadine) and prompt initiation of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), clinical improvement was observed only after combining bupropion with ECT...
January 8, 2018: Clinics and Practice
Susan D Shenkin, Christopher Fox, Mary Godfrey, Najma Siddiqi, Steve Goodacre, John Young, Atul Anand, Alasdair Gray, Joel Smith, Tracy Ryan, Janet Hanley, Allan MacRaild, Jill Steven, Polly L Black, Julia Boyd, Christopher J Weir, Alasdair Mj MacLullich
INTRODUCTION: Delirium is a severe neuropsychiatric syndrome of rapid onset, commonly precipitated by acute illness. It is common in older people in the emergency department (ED) and acute hospital, but greatly under-recognised in these and other settings. Delirium and other forms of cognitive impairment, particularly dementia, commonly coexist. There is a need for a rapid delirium screening tool that can be administered by a range of professional-level healthcare staff to patients with sensory or functional impairments in a busy clinical environment, which also incorporates general cognitive assessment...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
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