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Delirium tremens is a form of delirium, in which the patient is shaking. It is usually a complication linked to alcoholism. It usually occurs as a withdrawal reaction. It was first described in 1813.[1][2] Dellrium tremens is best treated using Benzodiazepines.[3]

Delirium tremens can also occur as a withdrawal reaction to other drugs. In such a delirium all senses are affected, patients are unable to focus attention, have a distorted perception, cannot control their movements, and mave suffer from sleeping problems.

Deliria are always a medical emergency, because it is impossible to predict how they develop. Worst-case scenarios include cardiac arrest, and malfunctions of the metabolism.


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  3. Gossman, William (2007). "Delirium Tremens: Treatment & Medication". Retrieved 2009-06-23.