Alcohol withdrawal syndrome
Severe withdrawal may cause seizures and electrolyte disturbances. Delirium tremens (DT) is another severe manifestation of alcohol withdrawal and may occur 3-10 days after cessation. DT manifests as confusion, hallucination, and autonomic dysfunction.
Severe alcohol withdrawal is a life-threatening condition. Alcohol withdrawal is treated with benzodiazepines, which enhance GABA activity. Thiamine supplementation is also provided to prevent the development of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. The Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA) is an often-used tool to assess the extent of withdrawal and direct therapy.
F10.239 – Alcohol dependence with withdrawal, unspecified
191480000 – Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome