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A 35-year-old patient is admitted to the trauma unit after a motor vehicle accident. He has an open fracture of the lower leg and is taken to the operating room for surgery. Later during his hospitalization, he is disoriented, agitated, and claims to be seeing creatures climbing up the walls. He is tachycardic with a heart rate of 120/min. Blood pressure is 190/110 mm Hg, and his temperature is 38.3°C (101°F). Within 1 hour he has a seizure and lapses into unconsciousness.
How long after the patient’s last alcohol intake would one typically expect to see these symptoms?
A. 1-6 hours
B. 6-12 hours
C. 12-36 hours
D. 24-48 hours
E. 48-96 hours
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