An international perspective on the prevalence of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

  title={An international perspective on the prevalence of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome},
  author={Clive Harper and Paul Forn{\'e}s and Charles Duyckaerts and Dominique Lecomte and J. -J. Hauw},
  journal={Metabolic Brain Disease},
In the Western world previous studies have shown that the majority of cases of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS), which is caused by thiamine deficiency, occur in alcoholics. However, in France, a country with one of the highest per capita consumptions of alcohol, the prevalence of the WKS was found to be only 0.4% in a small retrospective autopsy study. This figure is compared with data sent to the authors by a number of neuropathologists from the U.S.A., Europe, Scandinavia and Australia… CONTINUE READING


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