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Wernicke Encephalopathy

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Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your risk of Wernicke encephalopathy include:
  • Alcoholism
  • Poor nutrition or fasting
  • A diet rich in carbohydrates
  • Cancer and chemotherapy treatments
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and surgical procedures
  • Severe vomiting
  • Systemic diseases such as AIDS, dialysis and renal diseases, infections, and thyroid disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Certain medications
 

RESOURCES

Alzheimer’s Society
http://www.alzheimers.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Alzheimer Society Canada
http://www.alzheimer.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Kaineg B, Hudgins M, et al. Wernicke’s encephalopathy. N Engl J Med. 2005;352:e18. Available at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm040862. Accessed December 18, 2013.


Wernicke encephalopathy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 14, 2013. Accessed December 18, 2013.


Wernicke’s encephalopathy. University of Virginia School of Medicine website. Available at: http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/medicine/divisions/digestive-health/nutrition-support-team/nutrition-articles/ThomsonArticle.pdf. Accessed December 18, 2013.


Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Patient UK website. Available at: http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Wernicke-Korsakoff-Syndrome.htm. Updated April 20, 2011. Accessed December 18, 2013.


Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Radiopaedia website. Available at: http://radiopaedia.org/articles/wernicke-korsakoff-syndrome. Accessed December 18, 2013.


Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/wernicke%5Fkorsakoff/wernicke-korsakoff.htm. Updated February 14, 2007. Accessed December 18, 2013.


What is Korsakoff’s syndrome. Alzheimer’s Society website. Available at: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents%5Finfo.php?documentID=98. Updated May 2012. Accessed December 18, 2013.

 

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