What causes wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

Alcohol. It is a syndrome of chronic alcoholism, or rarely thiamine deficiency from other causes).
Thiamine deficiency. Thiamine deficiency. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wernicke%e2%80%93korsakoff_syndrome.

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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?

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...

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...

How serious is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome?

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

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...
Chronic alcoholics. Who possess thiamine deficiency can develop confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, double vision, jerking of the eyes, imbalance, incoordination, even drowsiness and coma. The korsakoff issues can develop later, with memory loss, loss of organizational skills, apathy, confabulation. The syndrome can be assisted with thiamine replacement, but often the success is suboptimal. Read more...

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...
Yes, but. This is caused predominantly by alcohol abuse, and nutritional deficiency. An initial approach is to supplement vitamin b-1, thiamine. Recently, there has been some suggestion that fairly high doses, injected, may be vital. The patient should immediately stop all alcohol intake, and resume appropriate nutrition. Some supervisory care may well be needed due to cognitive issues. Read more...

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...

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...
NO! A great deal more research is needed and unfortunately i dont think this is at the top of anyones list. Read more...

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...

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...
Depends. The clinical course does not follow like alzheimer's disease. However, if the person is not accepting any oral feeding and is bedridden, then, it is near end of life. Read more...