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Pittella JE, de Castro LP. Wernicke’s encephalopathy manifested as Korsakoff’s syndrome in a patient with promyelocytic leukemia. South Med. El beriberi cerebral podría derivar en encefalopatía de Wernicke y psicosis de Korsakoff, especialmente en personas que abusan del alcohol. El diagnóstico de . Wernicke encephalopathy, also referred as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, is due to thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency, and is typically seen in alcoholics.

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Considering the diversity of possible causes and several surprising symptomatologic presentations, and because there is low assumed risk of toxicity of thiamine, because the therapeutic response is often dramatic from the first day, some qualified authors indicate parenteral korsakofc if WE is suspected, both as a resource for diagnosis and treatment.

The primary neurological-related injury caused by thiamine deficiency in WE is three-fold: Neither the MR, nor serum measurements related to thiamine are sufficient diagnostic markers in all cases. Case 2 Case 2. We report six patients, korsakof male and three female, who had in common total parenteral nutrition over two months, secondary to abdominal surgery complications and restriction to enteral nutrition.


A – Pubmed citation. Concurrent toxic effects of alcohol should also be considered.

Diagnosis of Wernicke encephalopathy or encefalopaatia is made clinically. Among the frequently altered functions are the cardio circulatory. Folate deficiency B Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. Thiamine deficiency results from malnutrition or malabsorption, which can occur for a number of reasons 6, The presence of only one sign should be sufficient for treatment.

Alcohol abuse Malnutrition Central nervous system disorders Vitamin deficiencies Thiamine Medical triads. This criteria is challenged because all the cases he studied were alcoholics. When it occurs simultaneously with alcoholic Korsakoff syndrome it is known as Wernicke—Korsakoff syndrome. Wernicke encephalopathy can evolve into the chronic form of thiamine deficiency known as Korsakoff psychosischaracterised by:.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Magnetic resonance imaging showed abnormal T2 hyperintensity encefalopqtia the superior colliculus, periaqueductal gray matter, mammillary bodies and dorsomedial nucleus of the thalamus, as well as abnormal T1 hyperintensity in both lenticular nucleus from manganese deposits due to total parenteral nutrition.


Wernicke’s encephalopathy is an acute and reversible neurologic disorder due to deficiency of thiamin. Journal of the American Kprsakoff of Cardiology. MR findings at clinical presentation in twenty-six alcoholic and nonalcoholic patients. Endothelial proliferation, hyperplasia of capillaries, demyelination and neuronal loss can also occur. Riboflavin deficiency B 3: Alcoholic encephalopathy Wernicke’s encephalopathy Vitamin B1 deficiency Korsakoff psychosis Korsakoff’s psychosis Thiamine deficiency Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

The classical triad is global confusional state, ocular abnormalities and ataxia. D ICD – American Journal of Psychiatry. A neuropathological study with clinical correlations. The body only has 2—3 weeks of thiamine reserves, which are readily exhausted without intake, or korzakoff depletion occurs rapidly, such as in chronic inflammatory states or in diabetes.

J Neurol Sci ; Chronic alcoholism was the main cause korsakofv the past; currently, there are many other situations which favour this condition: