Delirium tremens risk factors

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Zehra Malik, M.B.B.S[2]


Common risk factors in the development of Delirium tremens include Chronic alcoholism, more days since last alcohol consumption, prior history of Delirium tremens, and extreme withdrawal symptoms.

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Risk factors for Delirium tremens include the following:[1][2][3][4]

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  1. Sutton LJ, Jutel A (2016). "Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in Critically Ill Patients: Identification, Assessment, and Management". Crit Care Nurse. 36 (1): 28–38. doi:10.4037/ccn2016420. PMID 26830178.
  2. Gortney JS, Raub JN, Patel P, Kokoska L, Hannawa M, Argyris A (2016). "Alcohol withdrawal syndrome in medical patients". Cleve Clin J Med. 83 (1): 67–79. doi:10.3949/ccjm.83a.14061. PMID 26760524.
  3. Eyer F, Schuster T, Felgenhauer N, Pfab R, Strubel T, Saugel B; et al. (2011). "Risk assessment of moderate to severe alcohol withdrawal--predictors for seizures and delirium tremens in the course of withdrawal". Alcohol Alcohol. 46 (4): 427–33. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agr053. PMID 21593124.
  4. Kim DW, Kim HK, Bae EK, Park SH, Kim KK (2015). "Clinical predictors for delirium tremens in patients with alcohol withdrawal seizures". Am J Emerg Med. 33 (5): 701–4. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2015.02.030. PMID 25745798.

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