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How serious is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

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In brief: Variable.

If untreated can cause serious irreversible damage to brain including coma, death ?

In brief: Variable.

If untreated can cause serious irreversible damage to brain including coma, death ?
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In brief: Nasty

Result of thiamine deficiency in alcoholics or malnourished pts.
, confusion, hallucinations, delusions, memory loss, double vision, gait incoordination, even stupor or coma. Prompt treatment with injections of thiamine can reverse much of this, but at least 25 % have permanent memory problems, (korsakoff).

In brief: Nasty

Result of thiamine deficiency in alcoholics or malnourished pts.
, confusion, hallucinations, delusions, memory loss, double vision, gait incoordination, even stupor or coma. Prompt treatment with injections of thiamine can reverse much of this, but at least 25 % have permanent memory problems, (korsakoff).
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