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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

Dr. Walter Husar
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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 is the medication for someone suffering from wernike-korsakoff syndrome?

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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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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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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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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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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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 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?

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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I am 28 and have foetal alcohol syndrome, I was just wondering if it could be inherited by my 3 children?

I am 28 and have foetal alcohol syndrome, I was just wondering if it could be inherited by my 3 children?

FAS: Fetal alcohol syndrome is a label applied to infants where alcohol exposure during pregnancy created toxic effects on otherwise normal tissues. The features range from altered facial appearance & heart defects to injury to brain cells. Add or learning problems is common. This is not genetic & no mom passes it to her kids unless she ingests alcohol during pregnancy & replicates the injuries. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my children having tourette syndrome?

What is the likelihood of my children having tourette syndrome?

Not enough info: Unfortunately you have not given enough information to answer your question. I would discuss this with your pediatrician.
Tics are common in children - approximately 15% of children will have a tic at some time. To have tourette syndrome a person should have tics that exist for at least one year and change form or become multiple, changing in form over time. Tics also wax and wane over time. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the signs for aspergers syndrome in children?

Doctors, what are the signs for aspergers syndrome in children?

See an expert!: Most children with asperger's present a group of specific signs: having repetitive and unusual behaviors; having ritualistic behaviors and pre-occupations (obsessions) with certain topics; difficulties "reading" social cues and difficulties empathizing (sensitivity to other's feelings); in general, difficulties relating to others.
Please, seek a specialist to diagnose this condition properly! ...Read more

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Can people with polysistic ovarian syndrome still have children?

Can people with polysistic ovarian syndrome still have children?

Absolutely, yes.: There are ways to increase your odds of ovulating despite pcos, either with lifestyle changes and/or medications. ...Read more

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How come all Down syndrome children have the same facial features?

How come all Down syndrome children have the same facial features?

Chromosomes abnormal: Down syndrome is a disorder of trisomy (3) number 21 chromosomes. As a result the facial abnormality is shared by everyone with the same extra chromosome. ...Read more

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Attension defect hyperactivity syndrome of children, what is this?

Attension defect hyperactivity syndrome of children, what is this?

Big problem: People/ Kids cant pay attention due to a brain chemistry imbalance, and the meds target that so the person can focus and concentrate and remember what people say to him/her. ...Read more

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What percentage of children with nephrotic syndrome do not relapse?

What percentage of children with nephrotic syndrome do not relapse?

60-70 percent: The relapse rate has decreased in children treated with longer initial steroid courses. ...Read more

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Does anyone have or know of any children out there with williams syndrome?

Does anyone have or know of any children out there with williams syndrome?

Have seen a couple: In three decades as a pediatrician, I have seen a couple. My first was during training & one in my practice. Most are felt to be caused by new mutations of one copy of chromosome 7. Years ago diagnosis was based on physical findings, today a gene test or "fish" test probe can be done on potential patients for confirmation. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

Individual decision: It is a decision that is made by the parents and one that should be made after receiving accurate and complete information. ...Read more

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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech, physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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What are the chances for a man with Marfan syndrome to pass it on to his children?

What are the chances for a man with Marfan syndrome to pass it on to his children?

50% for each child: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation of the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. An affected man (or woman) has one normal and one mutant fbn1 gene in each of his (or her) cells. For each of his children, the chance that he will pass on the mutation is 1/2 or 50%. This pattern of inheritance is called autosomal dominant. ...Read more

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What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children. What is the aspeger syndrome?

What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children. What is the aspeger syndrome?

Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis given when a person's set of observable behaviors meet criteria in the diagnostic & statistical manual used by mental health professionals & developmental/behavioral pediatricians. Because it's the quality of social reciprocity & communication + repetitive movements/narrow, restricted areas of interest, not just a delay, it requires a thorough team evaluation for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun. . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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My first cousin's baby has been diagnosed with Goldenhar/ OAV syndrome. No-one else in the family has it. Is it something I could pass to my children?

My first cousin's baby has been diagnosed with Goldenhar/ OAV syndrome. No-one else in the family has it. Is it something I could pass to my children?

No: If your cousin's baby is the first in your family, it is very nearly impossible for you to carry a recessive gene (most of the Goldenhar cases are sporadic, that is, happen randomly). Only a tiny number are inherited and this small number of Goldenhar cases are identified when several members of a family are affected. Your children are very safe. ...Read more

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Can someone with Jacobsen syndrome have children?

Can someone with Jacobsen syndrome have children?

Maybe: This is a complicated condition and many children will have developmental/intellectual delays. Best if you make an appointment with a Genetic Specialist who can guide you through the diagnosis and possible outcomes. Here's an article that you may find helpful.

http://ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/jacobsen-syndrome ...Read more

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Why did all of my children have lucey-driscoll syndrome?

Why did all of my children have lucey-driscoll syndrome?

Inherited or steroid: The common cause is congenital, but it can also be caused by maternal steroids passed on through breast milk to the newborn. It is different from breast milk jaundice (breast-fed infants have higher bilirubin levels than formula-fed ones). If inherited it is a recessive gene. ...Read more