What is a common risk factor for delirium in the elderly?

Updated: Apr 25, 2019
  • Author: Kannayiram Alagiakrishnan, MD, MBBS, MPH, MHA; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Drugs are a common risk factor for delirium, and drug-induced delirium is commonly seen in medical practice, especially in hospital settings. The risk of anticholinergic toxicity is greater in elderly persons, and the risk of inducing delirium by medications is high in frail, elderly persons and in those with dementia.


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