Bülent Yardımcı

Department of Internal Medicine, American Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Delirium, geriatric patient, internal medicine


Delirium is a life-threatening disease that causes cognitive and attentive disturbance. Contrary to the general belief in internal medicine and surgery clinics, delirium is common among elderly patients, but as its main causes are organic factors, the patients are often undiagnosed or the diagnosis is delayed. In order to prevent problems regarding diagnosis, the internal medicine specialists and the internal medicine department staff should be informed of the situation and raise their awareness of delirium, as early diagnosis increases the success rate of the prevention and treatment of the disease.

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