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Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a set of symptoms caused by Wernicke's Encephalopathy and Korsakoff's psychosis
20% fatality rate.
The main cause is vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency, usually as a result of long-term alcohol misuse. It can be due to severe starvation or prolonged vomiting.
Generally, the only real risk factor is long-term alcohol misuse.
Clinical FeaturesMedical Emergency - Wernicke's Encephalopathy is a medical emergency, signalled by new onset confusion, eye problems and ataxia, seen in an alcoholic.
Commonly seen symptoms, as a result of lack of thiamine are:
- Cerebellar dysfunction causing
- Opthalmoplegia - IIIrd/VIth nerve damage
Don't generally do a test, is diagnosed clinically.
It needs treating immediately with IV thiamine!