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Wet Brain Syndrome
Doctors , can drinking a lot of water cause wet brain syndrome ? And what are the causes ? Also what ages are likely to get get ? Thank you .
Incorrect: Wet brain syndrome is a brain disease that is caused by thiamine ( vitamin b1) deficiency, seen most often in alcoholics with poor nutrition, leading to this vitamin deficiency. Too much water intake can cause a different brain dysfunction caused by diluting the sodium concentration in the blood, leading to confusion, coma, and death( in severe cases). ...Read more
Thiamine deficiency : Wernicke- korisikoff syndrome from thiamine deficiency usually from severe alcoholism. Ataxia, an irregular gait – wide stance and short step confusion, which often manifests as apathy to external surroundings and low voluntary verbal participation confabulation – telling of events that did not happen, and believing them to be true dementia hallucination – visual, aural or tactile abnormal eye movements. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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