Endogenous anticholinergic substances may exist during acute illness in elderly medical patients.

@article{Flacker2001EndogenousAS,
  title={Endogenous anticholinergic substances may exist during acute illness in elderly medical patients.},
  author={Jonathan M. Flacker and Jeanne Y Wei},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={56 6},
  pages={
          M353-5
        }
}
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine if serum anticholinergic activity (SACA) arises from endogenous substances produced during illness. METHODS Elderly medical inpatients (N = 612) were screened for anticholinergic medication use in the week prior to the study by interviews of subjects and proxies and review of emergency room, hospital, and nursing home medication administration records. Of 24 subjects without a recent anticholinergic medication history, 15 were recruited… CONTINUE READING

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