altered level of consciousness


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altered level of consciousness

Abbreviation: ALOC
A circumlocution for impaired consciousness (confusion, drowsiness, lethargy, stupor, or coma).
See also: consciousness
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Logistic regression analysis of risk of death, new diabetes and altered level of consciousness at presentation in various groups of hyperglycaemic crisis Group Death New diabetes RR (95% CI) p-value * RR (95% CI) p-value * HDKA 3.88 (1.41--10.67) 0.009 4.32 (1.69-11.04) 0.002 HHS 2.91 (1.09--7.75) 0.033 2.11 (0.90-4.96) 0.088 HG 1.56 (0.75--3.21) 0.236 0.56 (0.29-1.06) 0.075 NHDKA 1 1 Group Altered level of consciousness RR (95% CI) p-value * HDKA 5.71 (1.90-17.17) 0.002 HHS 4.36 (1.40-13.55) 0.011 HG 0.60 (0.30-1.20) 0.148 NHDKA 1 * Wald test, NHDKA = baseline risk group.
In both outbreaks, a fever was found in all patients, followed by an altered level of consciousness in 22 (88%) and headache in 18 (72%) (Table 2).
Unless presenting signs and symptoms are decisive (for example, altered level of consciousness, dyspnea, or hypotension), focused pattern recognition is critical because it allows the nurse to narrow the search for information and compare similarities and differences.
In 50 cases of meningioma, 29 (58%) patients were with headache, followed by seizures in 20 (40%) cases, vomiting in 12 (24%) cases, visual disturbance in 9 (18%) cases, and altered level of consciousness in 7 (14%) cases [Table 5].
Red flags include inattention, rambling, incoherent, and/or illogical speech, and an altered level of consciousness (a person with delirium may be hyper-alert or drowsy).
Fever was the most frequent symptom which was experienced by 65 patients (92.8%), followed by altered level of consciousness in 56 (80%) cases and neck stiffness in 54 (77.2%) cases.
Mean GCS was 11.4 +- 2.9 and most of the patients presented with medical research council Stage 2 of tuberculous meningitis (which is minimally altered level of consciousness with minor focal neurological signs).