Last Updated: 2013-04-23
History of heavy alcohol use and either reduction or cessation of drinking prior to presentation.
Can present as tremors, nausea, sleep disturbance to severe symptoms such as auditory and visual hallucinations, seizures, and confusion.
It is a clinical diagnosis.
May progress to delirium tremens with seizures, hallucinations, coma, and death.
Benzodiazepines remain the cornerstone of treatment.
Complications from treatment include sedation from high doses of benzodiazepines.
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