Delirium phenomenology illuminates pathophysiology, management, and course

J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. Fall 1998;11(3):150-6; discussion 157-8. doi: 10.1177/089198879801100306.

Abstract

The phenomenology of delirium has received little standardized longitudinal study but offers the prospect of valuable insights regarding clinical subtypes, differentiation from other neuropsychiatric disorders, identification of underlying pathophysiologies, management, and course. This review examines current approaches to the investigation of delirium phenomenology and how the findings to date illuminate our understanding of delirium. It concludes with recommendations for future investigations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain Injuries / complications
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Cognition Disorders / complications
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Delirium / classification*
  • Delirium / etiology*
  • Delirium / therapy
  • Disease Management
  • Electroencephalography
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperkinesis / complications
  • Male
  • Metabolic Diseases / complications
  • Metabolic Diseases / physiopathology
  • Metabolic Diseases / therapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / complications
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / therapy