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Bacterial infections in the elderly, especially UTI's may cause delirium, which in turn causes hallucinations, delusions and behavior changes. Sometimes these symptoms last, and sometimes they are temporary
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Dr. B, do you have an opinion about my supposition that my mother's confusion, delusional behaviour, etc. MAY have come in part from a chronic situation, perhaps a low-grade continuous infection in her system. I have wondered for some time if the GBS experience had long-term effect with her immune system and perhaps she would be more vulnerable to such infections.
These symptoms rarely occur from chronic infections, until they become serious , so it is unlikely
It is usually a significant insult, and chronic infections rarely cause this until they have progressed
All right, how about the supposition that the GBS experience has caused some dementia type symptoms for her OR TIAs causing delusional behaviour and mood swings that extremely sudden.
The GBS is less likely, but TIA's may definitely cause this
TIAs may occur without any obvious physical signs such as other symptoms of major strokes, correct?
So in some cases, a person may have TIAs which cause dementia type confusion or delusional behaviour which may occur suddenly, but there may not be obvious lasting signs, perhaps?
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Dr. B. I am very grateful for your answers and consideration of my questions. I only have one more. How do I help my mother avoid further UTIs when she is so elderly and frail?
Honestly, there is not much you can do, elderly women are prone to UTI's. Some people use macrobid, (an antibiotic) to prevent them, but only when they develop UTI's very often, otherwise, I would not advocate it
OK, so good diet, good hygiene, just stay as healthy as possible and watch for symptoms, right? If there are symptoms, then seek conventional treatment as needed. Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I do appreciate your chat.
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