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Thorac Surg Clin. 2009 Aug;19(3):363-76, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2009.06.005.

Evaluation and management of the elderly patient at risk for postoperative delirium.

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Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (11GRC), Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1201 NW 16 Street, Miami, FL 33125, USA.


Geriatric patients are at a high risk for the development of postoperative delirium. By recognizing predisposing and precipitating risk factors, preventive measures can be undertaken to reduce this risk. Accurate and timely diagnosis is essential, and we offer therapeutic strategies to help reduce the high morbidity and mortality of this important condition.

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