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Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in the course of thyrotoxicosis — a case report

Joanna Wierzbicka-Chmiel, Krzysztof Wierzbicki, Dariusz Kajdaniuk, Ryszard Sędziak, Bogdan Marek
Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(2):178-180.

open access

Vol 62, No 2 (2011)
Case report
Published online: 2011-04-29
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (also called Wernicke’s encephalopathy) is a potentially fatal, neuropsychiatric syndrome caused most frequently by thiamine deficiency. The three classic symptoms found together are confusion, ataxia and eyeball manifestations. Memory disturbances can also be symptoms. Wernicke’s encephalopathy mainly results from alcohol abuse, but also from malnutrition, cancer, chronic dialysis, thyrotoxicosis and, in well-founded cases, encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (EAATD). The coexistence of many factors makes a proper diagnosis difficult, delays appropriate treatment and consequently reduces the chance of complete recovery.
We present the case of a 53 year-old female with Wernicke’s encephalopathy caused by chronic malnutrition, surgical operation, as well as thyrotoxicosis. She received treatment with intravenous thiamine administration and also anti-thyroid treatment which caused satisfactory regression of her neurological symptoms. (Pol J Endocrinol 2011; 62 (2): 178–180)

Abstract

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (also called Wernicke’s encephalopathy) is a potentially fatal, neuropsychiatric syndrome caused most frequently by thiamine deficiency. The three classic symptoms found together are confusion, ataxia and eyeball manifestations. Memory disturbances can also be symptoms. Wernicke’s encephalopathy mainly results from alcohol abuse, but also from malnutrition, cancer, chronic dialysis, thyrotoxicosis and, in well-founded cases, encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (EAATD). The coexistence of many factors makes a proper diagnosis difficult, delays appropriate treatment and consequently reduces the chance of complete recovery.
We present the case of a 53 year-old female with Wernicke’s encephalopathy caused by chronic malnutrition, surgical operation, as well as thyrotoxicosis. She received treatment with intravenous thiamine administration and also anti-thyroid treatment which caused satisfactory regression of her neurological symptoms. (Pol J Endocrinol 2011; 62 (2): 178–180)
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Keywords

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome; thiamine deficiency; thyrotoxicosis

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Title

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in the course of thyrotoxicosis — a case report

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 62, No 2 (2011)

Pages

178-180

Published online

2011-04-29

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(2):178-180.

Keywords

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
thiamine deficiency
thyrotoxicosis

Authors

Joanna Wierzbicka-Chmiel
Krzysztof Wierzbicki
Dariusz Kajdaniuk
Ryszard Sędziak
Bogdan Marek

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