What should be included in the physical exam for suspected delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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No specific findings on physical examination are diagnostic for delirium tremens (DTs). However, DTs often presents with a coexisting illness, so a careful physical examination should be performed in order to uncover any potentially serious illness that may be present. The patient should be assessed for stigmata of chronic liver disease. A search for signs of trauma should also be included.


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