Send to

Choose Destination
Neurology. 2001 Aug 14;57(3):551-3.

Delirium from nicotine withdrawal in neuro-ICU patients.

Author information

Division of Critical Care Neurology, Department of Neurology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.


Five cases of presumed nicotine withdrawal delirium among brain-injured patients treated in a neurologic intensive care unit are presented. Each patient had a history of heavy tobacco use and experienced dramatic and sustained clinical improvement within hours of transdermal nicotine replacement. These preliminary observations suggest that nicotine withdrawal may be an under-recognized cause of delirium in patients with acute brain injury.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire
Loading ...
Support Center