Altered mental status in patients with cancer.

  title={Altered mental status in patients with cancer.},
  author={Ra Tuma and Lisa M DeAngelis},
  journal={Archives of neurology},
  volume={57 12},
OBJECTIVE To identify the causes of an altered mental status in a cancer population. METHODS We studied 140 confused patients with cancer (100 prospectively and 40 retrospectively) between January 1, 1991, and June 30, 1992, to determine clinical findings, causes, and outcome. RESULTS All patients had non-central nervous system cancers. The most common primary cancer types were lung (20%), gastrointestinal tract (18%), leukemia and lymphoma (17%), and breast (11%). Median patient age was 73… CONTINUE READING
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