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What is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

What is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: A rare degenerative brain disorder caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency. Chronic alcoholics are prone to this condition.

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, or a subtype of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: Introduction

Types of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

Broader types of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

Who gets Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

Racial predominance for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: European populations

How serious is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

Prognosis of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: good with early treatment, possible death without
Complications of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: see complications of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

What causes Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

Causes of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: see causes of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

What are the symptoms of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

Symptoms of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: see symptoms of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Complications of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: see complications of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Can anyone else get Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

More information: see contagiousness of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
Inheritance: see inheritance of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
Treatments for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: see treatments for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
Research for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: see research for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Organs Affected by Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Main name of condition: Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Other names or spellings for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

Transketolase defect, Wernicke's encephalopathy, Alcohol induced encephalopathy, Gauet Wernicke syndrome, Meynert syndrome, Korsakoff (pure encephalopathy), Korsakoff's amnesic syndrome

Alcohol induced encephalopathy, Transketolase defect, Wernicke's encephalopathy
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:


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