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Delirium and Metabolic and Nutritional Complications of Cancer

Lisa M. Deangelis and Jerome B. Posner

in Neurologic Complications of Cancer

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195366747
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322879 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195366747.003.0011

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Delirium and Metabolic and Nutritional Complications of Cancer

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Metabolic and nutritional disorders are common in patients with cancer. Metabolic disorders occur under the following circumstances: (1) the cancer invades a vital organ such as the liver or kidney, whose normal function is detoxification. The organ damage leads to the accumulation of toxic products that cause neurologic dysfunction1; (2) the patient may be taking a number of drugs for the treatment of the cancer or its symptoms that interfere with or alter the body's metabolism;2,3 or (3) the tumor itself may produce substances that impair the metabolic function of normal organs or tissues.4

Chapter.  16131 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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