Cerebrospinal fluid in long-lasting delirium compared with Alzheimer's dementia

Gideon A. Caplan, Tasha Kvelde, Christina Lai, Swee L. Yap, Cheryl Lin, Mark A. Hill

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Citations (Scopus)


Background.Delirium is a common syndrome affecting older people in hospital, whose pathophysiology is poorly understood, but sequelae of increased cognitive and functional impairment suggest neuronal loss.Methods.Cohort study comparing cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and clinical markers of delirium and neuronal cell death in 20 older hospitalized patients with delirium and 20 outpatients with Alzheimer's dementia.Results.Compared with participants with dementia, patients with delirium demonstrated higher CSF lactate (1.87 vs 1.48 mmol/L, p <. 001) and protein levels (0.62 vs 0.44 g/L, p =. 036) and lower levels of neuron-specific enolase (4.84 vs 8.98 ng/mL, p <. 001) but no difference in S100B. The changes correlated with clinical indices and outcomes.Conclusion.Older patients with delirium experience significant metabolic disturbance in the brain, which requires further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1130-1136
Number of pages7
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Volume65 A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Lactic acid
  • Neuron-specific enolase
  • S100 proteins


Dive into the research topics of 'Cerebrospinal fluid in long-lasting delirium compared with Alzheimer's dementia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this