Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: Overview

Alternative Names: Wet brain

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome stems from causes similar to those of beriberi, depletion of the body's stores of thiamine (vitamin B1) from many years of malnutrition due to alcoholism.  Symptoms include anemia, anxiety, depression, and confusion.  About 40% of those affected also have anemia as a result of folic acid deficiency.  Weekly injections of thiamine and daily doses in capsule form can be used.

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Korsakoff's psychosis, a disorder stemming from destruction of nerve fibers connecting brain cells, is a serious neurological/psychiatric disorder seen in advanced alcoholism.  It stems from the effects of the acetaldehyde that builds up in the liver and spills over into the bloodstream, where it creates free radicals that cause damage throughout the body.  In the brain it can impair cellular communication by injuring the nerve fibers connecting cells.

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

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Conditions that suggest Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

Circulation

Nutritional Deficiency Anemia

About 40% of those with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome also have anemia as a result of folic acid deficiency.

Mental

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Risk factors for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

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Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome can lead to:

Circulation

Nutritional Deficiency Anemia

About 40% of those with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome also have anemia as a result of folic acid deficiency.

Mental

Recommendations for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:

Drug

Conventional Drug Use

The prescription drug Hydergine stimulates regrowth of damaged nerve fibers.  The most effective form of Hydergine comes in tablets, which can be placed under the tongue for immediate absorption.  Ask your doctor about Hydergine if you feel you need help in this area.

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