What are the possible complications of delirium, dementia, and amnesia?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Richard D Shin, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Delirium is a true medical emergency. Failure to recognize and aggressively treat the underlying cause can be catastrophic.

Delayed recognition of dementia can result in trauma secondary to cognitively impaired driving or the use of other hazardous equipment, including cooking stoves.

Patients with dementia are at increased risk of victimization by predatory business practices, Internet scams, and other fraudulent or criminal attacks.


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