Delirium Tremens

May 7th, 2012

Delirium Tremens (DT’s) is a type of alcohol withdrawal consisting of sweating, nausea, anxiety, agitation and many others.

Delirium Tremens is considered to be the most unpleasant type of alcohol withdrawal.

What differentiate delirium tremens from other alcohol withdrawals are the additional symptoms such as confusion, disorientation and hallucinations.

If untreated, there is a possibility that DTs can be lethal as the additional symptoms listed above could lead to other accidents. The progression of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a brain disorder caused by a thiamine deficiency as well as epileptic fits could also lead to death.

DT’s are treated as any alcohol withdrawal syndrome and alcohol detoxification is usually used to manage it, however, psychosis and confusion might draw the need for additional medication such as haloperidol.

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