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J Subst Abuse Treat. 1994 Mar-Apr;11(2):127-30.

Protracted alcohol withdrawal delirium.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College-The New York Hospital.


Protracted alcohol withdrawal delirium is infrequent, but when it occurs significant morbidity can be anticipated. In this report, a case of protracted alcohol withdrawal delirium is presented. The patient's course was complicated by intracerebral and subdural hemorrhages, sedative-hypnotic drug synergism resulting in respiratory compromise, the failure of benzodiazepines to prevent delirium or shorten its duration, and the onset of Wernicke's encephalopathy.

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