What are the signs and symptoms of delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Signs and symptoms of delirium tremens

Signs and symptoms can include the following:

  • Minor withdrawal: Tremor, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and insomnia

  • Major withdrawal: Visual hallucinations and auditory hallucinations, whole body tremor, vomiting, diaphoresis, and hypertension

  • Withdrawal seizures

  • Delirium tremens: Agitation, global confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, fever, hypertension, diaphoresis, autonomic hyperactivity (tachycardia and hypertension) and profound global confusion (hallmark of DTs)

See History and Physical Examination.

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