What is the role of CT scanning in the evaluation 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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Computed tomography (CT) scanning of the head is performed selectively. Indications for a head CT scan include the following:

  • New-onset seizure

  • Seizures occurring over longer than a 6-hour period

  • More than 6 seizures

  • Focal seizures

  • Evidence of head trauma

  • Focal neurologic deficits

  • A prolonged postictal state

  • Deteriorating level of consciousness


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