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Wernicke's Encephalopathy

Medline NLM term definition: An acute neurological disorder characterized by the triad of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, and disturbances of mental activity or consciousness. Eye movement abnormalities include nystagmus, external rectus palsies, and reduced conjugate gaze. THIAMINE DEFICIENCY and chronic ALCOHOLISM are associated conditions. Pathologic features include periventricular petechial hemorrhages and neuropil breakdown in the diencephalon and brainstem. Chronic thiamine deficiency may lead to KORSAKOFF'S SYNDROME.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke information (US site)

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: information from NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (US site)

PubMed Medline search on Wernicke's Encephalopathy
 

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Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
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