altered state of consciousness

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al·tered state of con·scious·ness

(awl'tĕrd stāt kon' shŭs-nĕs)
General term indicating that someone is failing to interact with environmental stimuli in a normal manner.
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The American Academy of Paediatrics defines inhalant abuse "is the intentional inhalation of a volatile substance for the purpose of achieving an altered mental state."
They also added that more study was needed to uncover the cause of the illness, which leads to seizures, altered mental state and death in more than a third of cases.
A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or above, obtained with a rectal thermometer was said to be the main sign of heatstroke which if left un attended may lead to altered mental state or behavior.
The diagnosis of TBM was based clinically on symptoms like fever, headache, altered mental state and signs of meningeal irritation with CSF findings of increased proteins, low glucose and lymphocytic pleocytosis.
[2,5] Significant risk factors associated with 30-day mortality in the abovementioned Danish study included septic shock, altered mental state and inadequate treatment, especially with the cephalosporins.
Street said Jones did not display a rash, an altered mental state or other telltale signs of the disease, and had a particularly aggressive strain of meningococcemia, which is a bloodstream infection caused by the same type of bacteria that causes meningitis when it infects a person's brain and spinal cord.
PAM is an acute, fulminant, necrotizing, hemorrhagic meningoencephalitis, characterised by severe headache, stiff neck, fever (38.5AdegC - 41AdegC), altered mental state, seizures and coma, and is almost always fatal within an average of 3 - 7 days.
8:45 a.m.: Church Street, ambulance requested for 70-year-old male with an altered mental state. Service refused.
Signs of heat stroke include an altered mental state, not sweating and nausea.
Individuals affected by CS commonly present with headache, confusion, speech disturbances, motor deficits, visual abnormalities, seizures, altered mental state, vertigo, sensory impairment, vomiting and ataxia.
After adjustment by multivariate analysis, the variables that remained associated with greater risk of death in patients with bacterial meningitis were age [greater than or equal to] 40 years, absence of headache, absence of vomiting, altered mental state, occurrence of dyspnea, evidence of shock, positive hemoculture, and thrombocytopenia.