When is hospital admission indicated for the treatment 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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Indications for hospital admission of a patient with alcohol withdrawal syndrome include DTs; severe symptoms, such as hallucinations, disorientation, confusion, autonomic hyperactivity, or extreme agitation; the presence of a medical or surgical condition requiring treatment; a recent history of head injury with loss of consciousness; recurrent seizures; partial seizures; or focal neurologic findings upon examination.


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