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Can an elderly patient (85) completely recover from delirium

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Can an elderly patient (85) completely recover from delirium that has only arisen since his stay in hospital? He was not given any nourishment for almost 4 days as he kept pulling out his feeding tube? They only gave him an IV to keep him from getting dehydrated?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.
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Did he have any test in this regard?
How is his electrolyte status?
Did he have scan or any imaging?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.

Hello again,

I was waiting for your reply.

I am writing the answer as I noticed you are offline.

It is possible to recover from delirium if there is any metabolic disturbance.

Low sodium or hyponatremia, low glucose etc. can cause confusion, delirium or semi comatose state.

Infection like pneumonia is also a frequent cause for confusion in elderly.

If those are corrected then he can recover from delirium.

Blood levels should the checked regularly.

As the doctors are probably thinking that he will recover from this state so they are proceeding for invasive procedures.

However, if he has not got an evaluation by neurologist, he can have one.

Stroke, TIA need to be ruled out.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.