09 December 2008

Delirium versus dementia

The difference between delirium and dementia.

Delirium is another form of global impairment of intellectual functioning. What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

Delirium Dementia
Consciousness disturbed Consciousness normal
Abrupt onset Slow onset
Usually brief course Progressive course
Responds to treatment Treatment merely limits progress

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