Delirium caused by surgery
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Anaesthesist. 2011 Aug;60(8):735-9. doi: 10.1007/s00101-011-1901-4. Epub 2011 Jun 8. [Long-term consequences of postoperative delirium]. [Article in German] Ihrig A, von Haken R, Mieth M, Hartmann M, Hain B, Herzog W. Sektion Psychoonkologie, Klinik für Allgemeine Innere Medizin und Psychosomatik, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, INF 410, 69120, Heidelberg, Deutschland. email@example.com
A patient reported anxiety and sleeping problems 9 months after reconstruction of the anterior floor of the mouth following tumor surgery.
These symptoms had been initiated by a postoperative delirium with hallucinations, which had not been detected during its occurrence.
One session of psychotherapy 9 months later reduced the symptoms. Patients in intensive care units should be asked and informed about delirium symptoms. This might prevent long-term psychological distress.
The source of the experienceOther ill or disabled person
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsAnalgesics - opioids [pharmaceuticals]