Beriberi heart disease in Durban. A retrospective study.

  title={Beriberi heart disease in Durban. A retrospective study.},
  author={Dashnie Naidoo},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  volume={72 4},
  • Dashnie Naidoo
  • Published 1987 in
    South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse…
A review of 41 possible cases of beriberi diagnosed in a 4-year period (1981-1985) revealed that the diagnosis was fairly certain in 23 patients, although measurements of red cell transketolase had not been performed. Fifteen patients had classic (high-output) beriberi and 8 acute beriberi (shoshin type). This article calls for an increased awareness of the condition so that appropriate and timely therapy may be instituted. 
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