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Hi all:

In FA, it says that we need to check anticholinergic drugs for delirium patients. Does this mean that all drugs with anticholinergic effects can produce delirium?

In FA, it also says that delirium has abnormal EEG, what is " the abnormal"?

Moreover, delirium and delirium tremens can be used interchangeablly, right?

And the biggest difference between delirium and dementia is " consciousness"?

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let me start with the one i know best:

delirium tremens is specific to severe alcohol withdrawal. it is not the same as delirium.
i believe abn eeg refers to eeg findings in keeping with the reducing levels of consciousness found in delirium so maybe many low frequency waves on eeg, i will check that up.
hmm about the drugs not sure what to make of it, but anticholinergics are notorious for sedation i think, if FA says look out for delirium then they must be correct.
the major difference is consciousness but many times in questions they dont give you that red flag sign, so i am having issues with it. any way if you get a patient with acute changes in level of consciousness, a patient wth medical condition eg sepsis, drug withdrawal think delirium. a patient with gradual memory loss, dementia. E.g one of the question banks had a Q about a man who during dialysis became agitated and started accusing the staff of trying to kill him (or something like that i cant really remember) the answer ended up being delirium, he was conscious all the time. so when they say impaired consciousness i guess it ranges from agitation to confusion to ... I hope i have made a little sense!
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