What are the diagnostic considerations for 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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The signs of alcohol withdrawal in critically ill patients, especially if accompanied by delirium, may mimic those of other serious disorders. These disorders may need to be excluded before a firm diagnosis of alcohol withdrawal is made.


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