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Doctor insights on: Wernicke Korsakoff Syndrome

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What is wernicke korsakoff syndrome?

What is wernicke korsakoff syndrome?

Brain damage: Wernicke's encephalopathy and korsakoff syndrome are different conditions that are both due to brain damage caused by a lack of vitamin b1 (thiamine). A lack of vitamin b1 is common in people with alcoholism. It is also common in persons whose bodies do not absorb food properly (malabsorption), such as sometimes occurs after obesity surgery. ...Read more

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Korsakoff Syndrome (Definition)

Korsakoff syndrome (Korsakoff's dementia) occurs with Wernicke's encephalopathy . It is a memory D/O due to vitamin B 1 deficiency. It ...Read more


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What causes wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

Alcohol: It is a syndrome of chronic alcoholism, or rarely thiamine deficiency from other causes). ...Read more

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How serious is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

How serious is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

Variable.: If untreated can cause serious irreversible damage to brain including coma, death ? ...Read more

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What are the key features of wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

What are the key features of wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

Memory loss: This condition is usually due to thiamine (a b vitamin) deficiency (? Chronic alcoholism) there is recent memory loss with confabulation ( a phenomenon when the patient tries to invent events to explain the gap in memory! ). ...Read more

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Are there treatments for wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

Are there treatments for wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

No: In the acute phase, generous administration of thiamine is the key. Once the damage has been done, nothing will reverse it. I knew a korsakoff's victim who was very happy living in a protected environment and telling folks he was vice-president of a steel corporation; he still had friends and shared warmth. If someone you love is so affected, you have my sympathy. Be kind. ...Read more

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My mom has wernicke-korsakoff syndrome. Any chance of recovery?

My mom has wernicke-korsakoff syndrome. Any chance of recovery?

Loss usually permane: Unlikely that they patient will improve but we may be able to prevent further decline.Thiamine usually does not improve loss of memory and intellect that occur with korsakoff psychosis. Stopping alcohol use can prevent additional loss of brain function and damage to nerves. Eating a well-balanced, nourishing diet can help, but it is not a substitute for stopping alcohol use. ...Read more

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Pt. Dx'd with wernicke korsakoff syndrome, but has developed into late stage dementia. What would causes be and could dementia have been arrested?

Pt. Dx'd with wernicke korsakoff syndrome, but has developed into late stage dementia.  What would causes be and could dementia have been arrested?

Vit B1 deficiency: It is also known as thiamine deficiency which is related to nutritional issues. It cause to change the structure of the brain and thus affecting dementia. The most common cause is the chronic alcoholism. Other conditions include stomach cancer, prolonged starvation (such as prison of war, anorexia nervosa, aids and chronic psychiatric illness) and intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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Can stem cells help wernicke korsakoff syndrome?

Can stem cells help wernicke korsakoff syndrome?

Not yet.: Stem cells are currently used in bone marrow transplants used to treat leukemia. But they may have the potential to treat diseases such as cancer, parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and muscle damage. However, more work is needed. ...Read more

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Can wernicke-korsakoff syndrome turn into alzheimer's?

Can wernicke-korsakoff syndrome turn into alzheimer's?

No: Wernicke-korsakoff syndrome is caused by vitamin b1 thiamine deficiency. It is caused mostly by alcoholism. It can cause neurological problems like tremors. If left untreated it can lead to confusion ; coma. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. The cause is unknown but may have links to genes ; chronic inflammation. There are increased plaques ; tangles near dying brain cells. ...Read more

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F/u q: the dementia is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome (alcohol induced). Dx'd mid-2010, now late stage, what is development rate? Life expectancy?

F/u q:  the dementia is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome (alcohol induced).  Dx'd mid-2010, now late stage, what is development rate? Life expectancy?

No telling: It's hard to predict what course it will take. It will depend on a lot of factors such as general health, whether he continues alcohol consumption or not and comorbidities. People usually don't die from dementia itself but rather from other complications such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, fractures, heart issues to name a few. ...Read more

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How do I cope with my dad having korsakoff syndrome?

How do I cope with my dad having korsakoff syndrome?

Amnesia: Korsakoff psychosis is associated with nutritiional deficiencies from lack of thiamine as "b" vitamin. Be sure to have proper nutrition and because of memory deficits your father needs supervision. Most patients who develope this condition are excessive alcohol drinkers or severely malnourished...See a dietician. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for korsakoff syndrome?

What is the treatment for korsakoff syndrome?

Proper diet: Avoid any alcohol and take extra b vitamins, particularly thiamine. Eat a healthy diet. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Korsakoff syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Korsakoff syndrome?

Korsakoff syndrome: Korsakoff syndrome (Korsakoff's dementia) occurs with Wernicke's encephalopathy . It is a memory D/O due to vitamin B 1 deficiency. It may occur in alcoholics. ...Read more

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What is the medication for someone suffering from wernike-korsakoff syndrome?

Not much: Wernicke-korsakoff syndrome is a late complication of severe alcoholism caused by chronic thiamine deficiency. It is characterized by severe memory deficiency and difficulty speaking intelligently. "word salad" describes the random sentences they sometimes make. There is no definitive treatment although quitting alcohol is a must and taking thiamine supplements can help. See your doc for more. ...Read more

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How do you treat wernickes syndrome?

Thiamine: Acute wernicke's is a medical emergency for which thiamine is the key to successful treatment. Longstanding wernicke's, with mental changes, poor coordination, and problems moving the eyes, can only be treated with support. ...Read more

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What's little man syndrome?

What's little man syndrome?

Short man syndrome: Another name for the short or little man syndrome is a napoleon complex. Sometimes men with short stature may feel inferior and over-compensate for it. An example: a short man who aggressively drives the top of the line sports car- (is he compensating for feelings of inadequacy?). ...Read more

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How do you get reye's syndrome?

How do you get reye's syndrome?

Deadly process: First noted in the 60'sand peaking in the 70's, this is a pattern of acute liver failure,coma and often death. It often struck kids recovering from flu or chickenpox. Its cause is unclear, but an association with intake of any aspirin product was recognized.After salicylates were stopped for kids under 16, the condition has all but disappeared. ...Read more

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How to diagnose brown syndrome?

How to diagnose brown syndrome?

MRI: A rare disorder, in which the tendon of the superior oblique eye muscle becomes entrapped. Mri and mr angiography are recommended studies, the MRI study may need to be performed with gadolinium enhancement. ...Read more

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Sir can ye help on KS syndrome?

Sir can ye help on KS syndrome?

Not sure: I do not know what you mean by KS syndrome. Do you mean Klinefelter Syndrome? Sorry. Please post again and I will try to answer your question. Dr R ...Read more

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What can cause conn's syndrome?

What can cause conn's syndrome?

Cause of Conn's: 37F from PA "what causes Conn's Syndrome?" Classically due to adrenal adenoma making excess aldosterone. Aldosterone and eating too much salt causes high BP, later low K, cramps, weakness, having to get up at nigh to pee many times, arrhythmias, brain fog, headache. I recommend DASH eating plan: lo Na/hi K improves Sx. I specialize in Conn's. Go to hyperaldosteronism at Yahoo 1,300 like you there ...Read more