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Will I become confused after my liver transplant?

Immediately after a liver transplant surgery some patients may become confused, agitated, and paranoid, with hallucinations and difficulty speaking. This is called delirium or acute brain dysfunction. Patients at risk to develop a delirium are patients who are older, have had a long history in the past of drinking or drug use, have had brain injuries, or had severe bouts of hepatic encephalopathy before transplant. Patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, or bipolar illness may also be at risk for delirium.

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