obtundation


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Related to obtundation: Meningismus, delirium, coma, asterixis

obtundation

 [ob-tun-da´shun]
clouding of consciousness. adj., adj obtun´dent.

obtundation

/ob·tun·da·tion/ (ob-tun-da´shun) mental blunting with mild to moderate reduction in alertness and a diminished sensation of pain.

obtundation

[ob′tundā′shən]
Etymology: L, obtundere, to blunt, atus, process
a greatly reduced level of consciousness. The patient is not yet comatose but is close, arousing only with very strong stimulus.

ob·tun·da·tion

(obtŭn-dāshŭn)
A condition in which the senses have been dulled by trauma, mistreatment, or psychological stress.
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Typically in NCSE, a patient will undergo a tonic-clonic seizure, followed by a continuous or punctuated period of behavioral change or degree of obtundation that will occur for about 30 minutes with identifiable seizure activity on an EEG.
The fifth patient was an otherwise healthy 18-year-old with prolonged obtundation after suspected viral encephalitis.
Up to 50% of patients with inhalational anthrax develop hemorrhagic meningitis with concomitant meningismus, delirium, and obtundation.
In more than 100 patients with nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the diagnosis of NCSE was missed or delayed for vanous reasons, such as attributing lethargy and confusion to a postictal state or believing obtundation resulted from alcohol or drugs.
The reports included 80 cases of metabolic acidosis or ketosis, 43 cases of obtundation or confusion, 17 cases of pancreatitis or hyperamylasemia, and 13 patients who died during or shortly after the hyperglycemia episode.