Delirium tremens, Alcohol withdrawal

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Delirium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes. Delirium tremens can occur when you stop drinking alcohol after a period of heavy drinking, especially if you do not eat enough food. Delirium tremens may also be caused by head injury, infection, or illness in people with a history of heavy alcohol use. Delirium tremens is the most severe form of ethanol withdrawal; it is manifested by altered mental status (global confusion) and sympathetic overdrive (autonomic hyperactivity), which can progress to cardiovascular collapse. This is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate, making early recognition and treatment essential. History of heavy alcohol use and either reduction or cessation of drinking prior to presentation.

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Laboratory Test Procedures:

confusion
delirium
hyperactivity
small red dots on the skin
hand tremor
having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
trembling
nausea
vomiting
disrupted sleep patterns
sleepiness
headache
hallucinations
seizures
irritability
directional disorientation
stupor
behavioral and emotional changes
sensitivity to light
sensitivity to odors
sensitivity to noise
fatigue
depression
concentration difficulties
decreased intelligence
fibro fog
loss of appetite
pale skin
fast heartbeat
sweating

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ALT (SGPT)
AST (SGOT)
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Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
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