rum fits


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Generalised alcohol withdrawal-related convulsions, that present as status epilepticus, seen in chronic alcoholics 12-48 hours after a major decline in blood alcohol levels

'rum fits'

Substance abuse Generalized alcohol withdrawal-related convulsions that present as status epilepticus, seen in chronic alcoholics 12-48 hrs after a major decline in blood alcohol levels Clinical Hypocapnia and hypomagnesemia have a postulated but unproven role;13 of cases progress to delirium tremens. See Alcoholism. Delirium tremens. Cf 'Cold turkey. '.

rum fits

A colloquial phrase for alcohol withdrawal seizures. Most occur during the 7- to 48-hr period following abstinence. There may be a single seizure, but most occur in bursts of two to six. These seizures do not represent latent epilepsy.