How is mental status altered in delirium and dementia?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Richard D Shin, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Altered Mental Status (AMS) can evolve acutely with a rapidly fluctuating and usually transient course (delirium); or insidiously and inexorably over months or years with an intermittently or gradually worsening course chiefly involving loss of short-term memory (dementia).


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