Perioperative delirium and its relationship to dementia

  title={Perioperative delirium and its relationship to dementia},
  author={Jeffrey H. Silverstein and Stacie G. Deiner},
  journal={Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry},
A number of serious clinical cognitive syndromes occur following surgery and anesthesia. Postoperative delirium is a behavioral syndrome that occurs in the perioperative period. It is diagnosed through observation and characterized by a fluctuating loss of orientation and confusion. A distinct syndrome that requires formalized neurocognitive testing is frequently referred to as postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). There are serious concerns as to whether either postoperative delirium or… CONTINUE READING

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