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<< Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Improving Outcomes Through Early Identification And Aggressive Treatment Strategies (Critical Care Issue)

Differential Diagnosis

For patients presenting to the ED with signs and symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal, correct identification of the diagnosis is critical. A wide differential diagnosis must be considered when entertaining alcohol withdrawal as the primary diagnosis. It is imperative that evaluation for alternate or concomitant diagnoses begins at the time of presentation, because coexisting illness may precipitate alcohol withdrawal, and delay in diagnosing the primary pathology may cause significant morbidity or mortality.

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