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Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2011 Apr;136(14):681-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1274563. Epub 2011 Mar 29.

[Delirium in the elderly].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Medizinische Klinik 2, Geriatrie, Klinikum Nürnberg. katrin.singler@klinikum-nuernberg.de


Delirium occurs in 20 - 50 % of hospitalized elderly patients. An age > 65 years is one of the factors predisposing to the development of delirium, which is a common syndrome in geriatric medicine. Two clinical guidelines on this condition were published in 2010: NICE clinical guideline 103, "Delirium: diagnosis, prevention, management" and the German guideline "S3-Leitlinie Analgesie, Sedierung und Delirmanagement in der Intensivmedizin". The article gives an overview of new aspects of delirium in the clinical context.

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