What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of 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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About 50% of patients with delirium tremens (DTs) who present with fever will have an infection, pneumonia being most common. A chest radiograph should be obtained in all patients suspected of having DTs. If there is any suspicion of trauma or head injury, imaging of the cervical spine (plain radiography or CT scanning) and head CT scanning should be performed.


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