Alcohol Withdrawal in the Surgical Patient: Prevention and Treatment

  • Anja Heymann
  • Irit Nachtigall
  • Anton Goldmann
  • Claudia Spies


Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is a common condition seen in hospital practice consisting of symptoms and signs that typically develop in alcohol-dependent patients 6–24 h after the last drink.


Alcohol Dependence Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Delirium Tremens Chronic Alcohol Exposure Serum Electrolyte Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anja Heymann
    • 1
  • Irit Nachtigall
    • 2
  • Anton Goldmann
    • 3
  • Claudia Spies
    • 4
  1. 1.Resident, Department of AnesthesiologyCharité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyCharité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care MedicineCharité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care MedicineCharité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany

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