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VOLUME 10 , ISSUE 4 ( October, 2006 ) > List of Articles

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Postoperative delirium

A. Rudra, S. Chatterjee, J. Kirtania, S. Sengupta, G. Moitra, S. Sirohia, R. Wankhade, S. Banerjee

Keywords : Delirium, postoperative complications

Citation Information : Rudra A, Chatterjee S, Kirtania J, Sengupta S, Moitra G, Sirohia S, Wankhade R, Banerjee S. Postoperative delirium. Indian J Crit Care Med 2006; 10 (4):235-240.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.29842

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 00-10-2006

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2006; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Postoperative delirium (POD) is frequently under diagnosed and more often than not, under treated. It is the final common manifestation of multiple neurotransmitter abnormalities; with features of impaired cognition, fluctuating consciousness and a disturbed sleep-awake cycle. At least 15% of elderly patients undergoing major procedures have POD, with an associated increase in mortality. Various risk factors and batteries of clinical examination have been devised to diagnose delirium, followed by a multifaceted approach to treatment, using biopsychological along with pharmacological intervention.


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