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20 Possible Causes for Confusion, Fecal Impaction, Impaired Judgement

  • Dementia

    Common dementia signs and symptoms include: Memory loss Impaired judgement Difficulties with abstract thinking Faulty reasoning Inappropriate behavior Loss of communication[helpguide.org] Treating conditions that can lead to confusion often greatly improve mental function.[nlm.nih.gov] Common dementia signs and symptoms Memory loss Impaired judgement Difficulties with abstract thinking Faulty reasoning Inappropriate behavior Loss of communication skills[helpguide.org]

  • Dehydration

    There is any other change in the person's alertness (for example, confusion or seizures). The person has a fever over 102 F (38.8 C).[nlm.nih.gov] […] yellow urine Dry, cool skin Headache Muscle cramps Signs of severe dehydration: Not urinating, or very dark yellow or amber-colored urine Dry, shriveled skin Irritability or confusion[nlm.nih.gov]

  • Acute Intermittent Porphyria

    Acute attacks present with episodes of severe abdominal pain, nausea, confusion and severe life-threatening seizures.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] The highly variable symptomatic presentation of AIP causes confusion with other diseases and results in a high misdiagnosis rate (68% in China) and delayed effective treatments[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] The disease is clinically manifested with severe abdominal pain, confusion, and seizures which may be life threatening.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Acute Hepatic Porphyria

    RESULTS: All patients identified prodromal symptoms that began days prior to acute severe pain; the most common included confusion ("brain fog"), irritability, and fatigue[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] […] weeks, neurological symptoms (muscular weakness, sensory loss or convulsions) and psychological symptoms (irritability, anxiety, auditory or visual hallucinations, mental confusion[orpha.net] Not to be confused with Porphyra.[en.wikipedia.org]

  • Chronic Kidney Insufficiency

    All phosphate binders may cause constipation , nausea, vomiting , bowel obstruction, and fecal impaction.[emedicinehealth.com] Before then, conflicting classifications had created a state of confusion as to how many Americans were afflicted with this progressive, life-threatening condition.[lifeextension.com] The waste buildup can make you sick and you may have these symptoms: swelling of the ankles, face or belly, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, confusion and headaches[heart.org]

  • Hypoxia

    When production increases in an ecosystem, organic matter, such as algal cells and fecal pellets, increases.[serc.carleton.edu] Severe symptoms include: The inability to communicate Confusion Possible coma or death Other associated symptoms also may be present.[medicinenet.com] […] sharp, genein, to produce inadequate oxygen tension at the cellular level, characterized by tachycardia, hypertension, peripheral vasoconstriction, dizziness, and mental confusion[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]

  • Myxedema

    Gastrointestinal System Patients with myxedema may have abdominal distension due to ascites, paralytic ileus, or fecal impaction.[emjournal.net] A 56-year-old woman, who had not received medical care for 30 years, presented to the emergency department with progressively worsening fatigue and confusion.[nejm.org] impaction Myxedema megacolon—late Hyperventilation Hypothermia Myxedematous face Generalized swelling Macroglossia Ptosis Periorbital edema Coarse, sparse hair Nonpitting[aafp.org]

  • Hyperpyrexia

    impaction, bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, or renal failure.[emdocs.net] We observed a patient who, during the administration of intravenous cimetidine, became hyperpyretic and confused.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] The patient presented with a 2-week history of fever and increasing confusion, in the context of a number of changes to his medication regimen.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Metabolic Encephalopathy

    impaction, hypertensive encephalopathy, liver failure , long stays in an ICU, mental disorders, postoperative states, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, toxins that[merckmanuals.com] These include patients with known diabetes who experience symptoms of confusion due to low blood sugar.[healthcare-online.org] , hallucinations, confusion, autonomic features); Seizures within 48 hours Wernicke's encephalopathy Triad: Opthalmoparesis (nystagmus), gait ataxia and confusion; Responds[quizlet.com]

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    Bowel problems : Constipation can lead to fecal impaction, and this can lead to bowel incontinence.[medicalnewstoday.com] In this review we describe conditions that may be confused with MS because they can present as lesions disseminated in time, space, or both.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] […] number of fecal bacteria by 90% by 12 hours with recovery to pretreatment levels taking 6 days.[doi.org]

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