What causes stupor? 15 possible conditions
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Stupor is an alteration of consciousness marked by decreased responsiveness to environmental stimuli and absence of spontaneous movement.
Obtundation, obtunded, stupors, stuporous.
Stupor is a state of impaired consciousness in which it is difficult to arouse a person even with vigorous, noxious stimulation. The state of obtundation resembles a deep sleep from which the person can only be awakened for brief periods by shaking, shouting or pinching. Any alteration of consciousness is considered a medical emergency and immediate medical evaluation and treatment should be provided.
Stupor can be caused by trauma, narcotics, adverse changes within the brain such as a stroke, carbon monoxide poisoning – prompt medical attention is crucial to prevent brain damage and death.
- Acetaminophen overdose
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Alcohol related disorders
- Head injury
- Hemorrhagic shock
- West Nile Virus
- Narcotic overdose
- Sedative overdose
- Anti-convulsant overdose
- Psychotropic drug overdose
- Addison’s disease
- Cushing’s disease
- Heat stroke
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)
- Cerebral aneurysm
- Basilar migraine
Diagnosis and Treatment
Stupor is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical investigation to determine the diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
If you are unable to arouse a person with a decreased level of consciousness.
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