Wernicke's encephalopathy

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Related to Wernicke encephalopathy: Korsakoff Syndrome, Wernicke aphasia, Thiamine deficiency

Wernicke's encephalopathy

[′ver·nə‚kēz in‚sef·ə′läp·ə·thē]
(medicine)
A disease due to thiamine deficiency, characterized by vomiting, ophthalmoplegia, ptosis, nystagmus, ataxia, weakness, dementia, and hemorrhaging of neurons around the third ventricle, cerebral aqueduct, and mammillary bodies.
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Clinical characteristics and MR imaging features of nonalcoholic Wernicke encephalopathy. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2008;29:164-169.
Proton MR spectroscopy of Wernicke encephalopathy. AJNR.
"Wernicke encephalopathy is an example of the wide range of brain diseases called encephalopathies that are caused by metabolic disorders and toxic substances," said Matthew McCoyd, a neurologist at Loyola University Medical Centre in the US.
Wernicke encephalopathy is missed and often undertreated.