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However, because NPH generally occurs in the elderly population, these findings are not uncommon in patients with other illnesses. Patients will frequently use the terms dizziness or weakness to describe gait instability or inability to ambulate normally. 19 The gait is typically wide based with reduced step height and stride length, along with reduced velocity and imbalance or unsteadiness. With time, gait impairment progresses so that patients find it difficult to initiate walking. 18,19 Other conditions common in this age group, such as peripheral neuropathy, parkinsonism, and lumbar canal stenosis, can Dizzy and Confused also cause gait abnormalities and should be considered when evaluating patients with a complaint of dizziness or abnormal gait.
He has felt lightheaded for the last few weeks. When questioned, he does report that his stool is dark, but he attributes the color to his frequent use of bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol). He seems to have trouble concentrating and answering complex questions. Hemorrhagic Shock Although hemorrhagic states are generally not a diagnostic dilemma, patients with occult gastrointestinal (GI) bleeds may complain only of dizziness or near syncope. As the disease progresses undiagnosed and untreated, patients may develop altered mental status caused by relative hypotension and poor cerebral perfusion.