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Delirium is a medical term used to describe an acute (i.e. relatively recent) decline in attention-focus, perception, and cognition.

Delirium is probably the single most common acute disorder affecting adults in general hospitals.

It affects 10-20 percent of all hospitalized adults, and 30-40 percent of elderly hospitalized patients.

Delirium itself is not a disease, but rather a clinical syndrome (a set of symptoms), which result from an underlying disease or new problem with mentation.

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