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Acute Brain Syndrome and Mental Confusion

Acute brain syndrome is a condition that is used in reference to a temporary state of fluctuating consciousness and mental confusion. It is evidenced by rapid changes that take place in the function of your brain and severe confusion. Acute brain syndrome is brought about by some type of mental or physical ailment or disorder. In medical terms, acute brain syndrome is a common and severe neuropsychiatric condition that has core features of generalized severe disorganization of behavior, attentional deficits, fluctuating course and acute (rapid) onset. Acute brain syndrome is also usually marked by altered sleep-wake cycle, other cognitive deficits, psychotic features like delusion and hallucinations, changes in arousal (hypoactive, hyperactive or mixed) and perceptual deficits. Acute brain syndrome is a condition that usually comes on suddenly. In many instances, it develops within hours or days. Acute brain syndrome may continue for anywhere from a few hours to several weeks or months. Acute brain syndrome is probably the single most common acute condition that adults are afflicted with in general hospitals. In fact, between 10 and 20% of all hospitalized adults are affected by acute brain syndrome. In addition, this condition affects 30 to 40% of hospitalized patients who are elderly and up to 80% of ICU patients. Acute brain syndrome is referred to in other ways. It is also known as acute confusional state and delirium. Acute brain syndrome should not be confused with dementia. Although these two conditions have signs and symptoms that are similar, they are not the same condition. As mentioned at the beginning, acute brain syndrome is brought about by some kind of physical or mental ailment or disorder. Fortunately, it is a condition that is usually temporary and reversible. There are several illnesses that can result in acute brain syndrome. These include things that deprive your brain of oxygen and other substances. Some of the causes include: There are several different signs and symptoms that may be an indication of acute brain syndrome. Some of these are:
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