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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Delirium due to sepsis-associated encephalopathy mimicking alcohol withdrawal delirium


1 Department of Psychiatry, National Defense Medical Center, School of Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, Beitou Branch, Taipei, Taiwan, China
2 Department of Psychiatry, National Defense Medical Center, School of Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, China
3 Student Counseling Center, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, China

Correspondence Address:
Nian-Sheng Tzeng
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Community Psychiatry, National Defense Medical Center, Tri-Service General Hospital, No. 325, Section 2, Cheng-Gong Road, Neihu, Taipei, Taiwan
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1011-4564.200734

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Delirium is caused by an underlying physiological disturbance, and treatment requires identification of the underlying cause. Making this diagnosis requires careful differential diagnosis. However, often the cause of delirium is hard to recognize. The aim of this study was to report a case of sepsis-associated encephalopathy presented as delirium in a patient during alcohol withdrawal. This case study is about a 58-year-old male patient who had a significant history of alcohol dependence and was admitted for abdominal abscess-related sepsis. Delirium was noted during hospitalization.


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