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Delirium

Delirium is a severe disturbance of mental abilities that occurs due to reduced awareness and confused thinking. It is a common visual hallucination, and the start of delirium is usually rapid and occurs within hours or a few days. Delirium is of three types hypoactive, hyperactive and mixed.

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My father has viral fever associated with delirium. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 57 years old. He is having 102.3 fever and also some confusion and disorientation. The physician he consulted did blood work and concluded it to be viral but the delirium started after the consultation. Getting worried. I can send the blood reports across. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Srinivas Morampudi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If he has a fever and is delirious, it is not something that should be managed at home. Delirium can be due to toxic reasons (toxins can be substances released by microorganisms during an infection, prescription medicines or illegal drugs) or metabolic reasons (low o...  Read Full »

What causes an increase in hallucinations in older adults?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is 80 years old. Her hallucination has got increased with time in these past few years. I took her to the doctor. She examined her and told me that she is perfectly healthy in all bodily aspects. She had a mild kidney infection two times and treated it. Her hallucination s...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dementia with hallucinations occurs commonly in old age people. Intermittent episodes of delirium increase the future risk of having dementia. Commonly infections, electrolyte imbalance, hormonal imbalance, and drugs or recent surgery causes delirium. Dementia can also ...  Read Full »

I suspect my delirium is due to Ciprofloxacin. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, Can Ciprofloxacin cause delirium in the elderly? And if yes, how long does it last?  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, Ciprofloxacin can cause delirium especially in elderly. But, you need to know that it is an uncommon side effect of Ciprofloxacin and before terming it as drug induced delirium other causes have to be ruled out. If the delirium is due to Ciprofloxacin, then it shall...  Read Full »

Can delirium be caused by fasting and lack of sleep?

Query: Hello doctor,Can delirium be caused by fasting and lack of sleep? My 25-year-old daughter is delirious. She does not know who she is, thinks she is in a coma, etc. The hospital ran blood and urine tests and a CAT scan, and all were normal. No new medications. I thought it had to be something physica...  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answer to your query is yes. Prolonged fasting and no sleep can cause mental and physical symptoms similar to mania or delirium or coma. It would have been helpful if serum electrolytes, catecholamine levels, and urea levels were recorded or mentioned because BP is ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a crawling sensation post penis surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 year old bachelor. For the past one year, I have a feeling that something is crawling throughout my body. I am feeling this sensation after my penis frenulum surgery. It starts from penis glans and spreads across my whole body. Right now, I do not want any medication or treatme...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The feeling of insects crawling inside your body is mainly a psychological condition known as delirium. There are no tests or investigations to prove it. Rarely, it can be because of parasitic infection inside the skin, lungs, and muscles. Anti-helminthic tablets Albenda...  Read Full »

Will there be hospital delirium after surgery in patients who had dementia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about drug interaction with my father. He is experiencing hospital delirium after surgery. My concern is he has been taking Cymbalta, Gabapentin, and Tramadol, as well as numerous other medications. I have read about serotonin syndrome as well as other interactions. He has ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I read your query and saw the attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). First of all, I like to inform you that serotonin syndrome occurs with the addition of new medication or increasing the dose of a serotonergic medicine. Since he was fine on a...  Read Full »

Can low blood pressure cause mental confusion?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 51 years old and had bout of confusion this morning which he never had before. He kept repeating the same questions, I would answer, and a minute later, he would ask the same questions. He had a bad sleep a couple of nights, and we had sex this morning. Could this be a l...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your husband has been suffering from confusion, repeating the same type of questions, even getting the answers to those questions, lack of sleep for a few days, and difficulty in remembering. Your husband may ...  Read Full »

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