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Delirium is frequently unrecognised or misdiagnosed and is commonly mistaken for dementia, depression or other neuropsychiatric abnormalities. Delirium is commonly precipitated by an underlying acute health condition, which if identified can usually be treated.
Delirium, acute confusional state, is a common medical problem particularly in the older hospitalised person. Delirium is not a disease but a syndrome with multiple causes. This condition is a medical emergency associated with increased morbidity and mortality rates.