Acute encephalopathy

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Acute encephalopathy is an abrupt and pathologic alteration in cognitive function and/or behavior caused by an underlying functional or structural brain disorder A number of synonymous terms exist in the literature, including organic brain syndrome, acute confusional state, delirium, acute toxic-metabolic encephalo-pathy, cerebral insufficiency, brain failure, ICU syndrome, ICU psychosis. In recent years, efforts have been made to rationalize and simplify this terminology, with a special emphasis on the clinical syndromes of delirium and coma

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neurocritical Care
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781441968418
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


  • Acute encephalopathy
  • Coma
  • Delirium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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