What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: George Ansstas, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Answer

Evaluate the patient for signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, which may include the following:

  • Tremors

  • Agitation

  • Diaphoresis

  • Tachycardia

  • Hypertension

  • Tremors

  • Agitation

  • Seizures

  • Delirium

Exclude other causes of autonomic hyperactivity and altered mental status. If the diagnosis of alcohol withdrawal syndrome is established, consider the judicious use of benzodiazepines, which should be titrated to clinical response.


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