Medline: 6869591

American Journal of Psychiatry 140(8): 1048-1050, 1983.

Delirium in terminally ill cancer patients.

Massie MJ, Holland J, Glass E


Nineteen patients believed to be in the terminal stages of cancer were evaluated for signs of delirium. Six patients improved; 13 who died during hospitalization were studied until their death. Patients were interviewed three times a week using a delirium scale; medical records also were used to gather data. Eleven (85%) of the 13 patients developed delirium. In most patients, delirium was caused by multiple factors. The authors outline strategies for management of terminal cancer patients with delirium.

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