Wernicke's encephalopathy

This syndrome is characterized by impaired memory, confusion and lack of coordination, caused by deficiencies of vitamin B-1 (thiamine). Because the digestion system of alcoholics is unable to absorb sufficient vitamin B-1, this disorder, and its next stage Korsakoff's syndrome, are also features of alcoholism.
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
26.12.2001 – 00:00 CET
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