Risk of thiamine deficiency and Wernicke’s encephalopathy after gastrointestinal surgery for cancer

@article{Restivo2015RiskOT,
  title={Risk of thiamine deficiency and Wernicke’s encephalopathy after gastrointestinal surgery for cancer},
  author={Angelo Restivo and Mauro Giovanni Carta and Anna Maria Giulia Farci and Laura Saiu and Gian Luigi Gessa and R Agabio},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
  year={2015},
  volume={24},
  pages={77-82}
}
BackgroundCancer patients submitted to gastrointestinal surgery are at risk of thiamine deficiency (TD) and Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE). Although permanent neurological damage and death could be prevented by a timely replacement therapy, they often remain undiagnosed and untreated. We hypothesized that WE remains unrecognized because most cases may manifest several months after hospital discharge.MethodsWE frequency was investigated in a sample of cancer patients who underwent… CONTINUE READING
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