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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: 01-10-2006

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


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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