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Doctor insights on: Diet For 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

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...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 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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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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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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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 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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Since im having gilberts syndrome do I need to follow any diet?

Since im having gilberts syndrome do I need to follow any diet?

No: Gilbert syndrome is a benign liver disorder and requires no treatment or specific diet. ...Read more

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What is the best kind of diet people with charcot marie tooth syndrome should follow?

What is the best kind of diet people with charcot marie tooth syndrome should follow?

Healthy: An exercise program (preferably directed by a physical therapist) along with a healthy diet. Foods that help muscle recovery include spinach, pineapple, eggs, chocolate milk and green tea. Follow advice from integrated health team including physician. ...Read more

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For a leakying gut syndrome diet, what should I eat and what do I have to eliminate from my diet?

For a leakying gut syndrome diet, what should I eat and what do I have to eliminate from my diet?

Leaky gut: The vast majority of gastroenterologists, given the evidence that is in the medical literature so far, do not believe that "leaky gut" is even a real syndrome. If you would like, consult me on HealthTap Prime or HealthTap Concierge, or leave a more specific note of your symptoms here, and I will be happy to help out the best I can. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for kid having nephrotic syndrome?

What is the best diet for kid having nephrotic  syndrome?

Depends...: On kidney function, protein loss from kidneys. Md should connect you with a dietician to fill the diet prescription. ...Read more

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What's the best diet for people with polysistic ovarian syndrome?

What's the best diet for people with polysistic ovarian syndrome?

Mediterranean diet: This diet is the best for your long term maintenance... Especially if your condition is associated with obesity. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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