Delirium Common With Gi Surgery

Patients with postoperative delirium tended to stay in the hospital longer and die earlier than patients without delirium.

A new analysis (British Journal of Surgery, January) indicates that delirium—a condition characterized by the sudden onset of confusion—commonly develops in older patients who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery. Among 11 studies analyzed, the incidence of postoperative delirium ranged from 8.2 to 54.4 percent, and risk factors for the condition included advanced age, low body mass […]

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