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69 Possible Causes for Confusion, Dyspnea with Sudden Onset, Patient Appears Acutely Ill

  • Congestive Heart Failure

    Depressive symptoms, however, sometimes are confused with the physical repercussions of heart failure.[] Symptoms of heart failure Some of the most common symptoms you may experience are reduced energy, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath and swelling in the legs.[] The term ‘failure’ can be confusing – the heart does not actually stop pumping.[]

  • Pneumococcal Pneumonia

    The disease may begin quickly, with: Fever and chills Cough Chest Pain Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing Older adults with pneumococcal pneumonia may experience confusion[] Infected patients typically have an ill or anxious appearance.[] They can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, stiff neck, confusion and disorientation, sensitivity to light, joint pain, chills, ear pain, sleeplessness[]

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    Definition Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is a life-threatening condition which is characterised by the sudden onset of severe dyspnea and hypoxaemia [1].[] Symptoms of ARDS Symptoms of ARDS can include: severe shortness of breath rapid, shallow breathing tiredness, drowsiness or confusion feeling faint When to get urgent medical[] There may also be signs, such as confusion or low blood pressure, that the vital organs aren't getting enough oxygen.[]

  • Aspiration Pneumonia

    […] likely cared for in the intensive care unit (19% vs 13%, P   0.002), had longer unadjusted hospital length of stay (9 vs 7 days, P CONCLUSIONS: Among pneumonia patients, confusion[] […] mass index, Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form score, Barthel Index score, Charlson Comorbidity Index score, and pneumonia severity (Japanese version of the CURB-65 (C (confusion[] You are confused or cannot think clearly. You have more trouble breathing, or your breathing seems faster than normal. When should I contact my healthcare provider?[]

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    This is the biggest headache for the physician, and it is an area where confusion is common.[] We present an acutely confused adolescent patient who had CO poisoning after narghile tobacco smoking.[] Neurological manifestation of acute CO poisoning includes disorientation, confusion, and coma.[]

  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

    HAPE may be confused with asthma, acute bronchitis, heart failure, mucus plugging, myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and pulmonary embolus.[] Before HAPE was understood it was commonly confused with pneumonia which resulted in inappropriate treatment.[] Asthma might also be confused with HAPE. Fortunately, asthmatics seem to do better at altitude than at sea-level.[]

  • Opiate Overdose

    Clinically, heroin-induced lung injury will present with sudden onset of dyspnea, frothy sputum, cyanosis, tachypnea, and rales- features consistent with pulmonary edema.[] Effects include: euphoria, drowsiness/respiratory depression and arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, unconsciousness, coma, tolerance and addiction.[] Confused thinking can lead to accidents and injury.[]

  • Bacterial Pneumonia

    Sudden onset of symptoms and rapid illness progression are associated with bacterial pneumonias.[] , especially among older persons loss of appetite sweating Older adults will share all the symptoms with younger adults, but are much more likely to experience confusion and[] We have shown that bronchiectasis, recent hospitalization and severe pneumonia (confusion, blood urea level, respiratory rate, low blood pressure and 65 year old (CURB-65)[]

  • Bacterial Endocarditis

    Dwarakanath et al. [11] reported a patient with multi-chambered FE presenting with sudden onset of angina with elevated troponins.[] The patient appeared acutely ill. The temperature was 38ºC, the pulse was 116, and the respiration was 24. The blood pressure was 120/70 mm Hg.[] Hopefully this brief article will decrease some of that confusion.[]

  • Infective Endocarditis

    Dwarakanath et al. [11] reported a patient with multi-chambered FE presenting with sudden onset of angina with elevated troponins.[] […] vasculitic) Clubbing: in long standing disease Eyes: Roth spots (boat shaped hemorrhages with pale centers, in retina) and conjunctival splinter hemorrhages Neurological: Confusion[] […] organism's cell wall chemical composition of peptidoglycan is consistent with Gram-positive organisms. 10 These characteristics have contributed greatly to the classification confusion[]

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