What should be included in the assessment of 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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Serum, imaging, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) studies are important in the assessment of patients with alcohol withdrawal. Moreover, routine screening for unhealthy alcohol use in patients admitted to the hospital can be used to detect patients who are at risk for developing alcohol withdrawal. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma mandates routine screening for unhealthy alcohol use for level 1 and 2 trauma centers. Screening tools include the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), AUDIT-C, and the CAGE screening test.


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