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J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1998 Feb;24(1):129-132. Korean. Case Report.
Yoo JH , Choi BH , Lee WJ , Jung JH , Won CY , Park KC .
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University (Wonju Christian Hospital).
Department of Neuropsychiatry, Wonju Christian Hospital, Yonsei University, Wonju College of Medicine.
Abstract

Delirium tremens is a severe state of alcohol-related withdrawal syndrome, which is precipitated in the chronic alcoholic who are suddenly deprived of alcohol because of traumatic injury or other diseases. About 5 % of alcoholics show evidence of severe withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms begin within 1 to 3 days after stopping ethanol intake. These include a state of confusion sometimes accompanied by visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations. The diagnosis is made when the course progresses beyond the usual symptoms of withdrawal to include confusion, severe agitation, and generalized seizures. The likelihood of developing severe withdrawal symptoms increases with concomitant infections or medical problems, a prior history of withdrawal seizures of DTs, and higher quantity and frequency of drinking. Most periods of severe withdrawal begin and end abruptly, rarely lasting longer than 3 to 5 days. The mortality risk for DTs is quite low but increases with preexisting medical illnesses or organ system failure. We experienced a case of DTs associated with fracture of mandible. The patient was a 36-years-old male who was admitted to our hospital via emergency room after suffering from a traffic accident. He developed DTs 3 days after admission and eventually expired. The report of a case and review of literatures are as follows.

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