Decreased Level of Consciousness Overview
A decreased level of consciousness is a decline in mental acuity and alertness. Examples include lethargy, light-headedness, faintness (fainting), syncope, stupor, and other types. The cause is often a brain or neurological disorder, including many life-threatening disorders (e.g. head injury, stroke), but there are many causes. Seek emergency medical attention for any decrease in the level of consciousness.
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- Neurological Disorders: Neurological disorders are disorders of the brain, particularly relating to its chemistry or activity. Examples include schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease
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- Head injury: Head injury involves any type of injury to the head and/or brain. Any injury to the head or brain
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- Stroke: A stroke is a brain event that is a medical emergency. If you are concerned that you or someone with
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- Falls: Falls are a type of accidental injury from falling over. They are more common and more serious in the elderly
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- Concussion: Concussion is a brain injury causing a temporary loss of consciousness. The usual cause is a brain or head injury
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