Wernicke's encephalopathy: an underrecognized and reversible cause of confusional state in cancer patients.

@article{Kuo2009WernickesEA,
  title={Wernicke's encephalopathy: an underrecognized and reversible cause of confusional state in cancer patients.},
  author={S T Kuo and J Mathew Debnam and Gregory N Fuller and John G de Groot},
  journal={Oncology},
  year={2009},
  volume={76 1},
  pages={
          10-8
        }
}
BACKGROUND Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is a neurological emergency which presents with symptoms of confusion, ophthalmoplegia, and ataxia. Cancer patients are at high risk of this acute encephalopathy due to chronic malnutrition, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and consumption of thiamine by rapidly growing tumors. A high index of suspicion is important as these critically ill patients may not present with the classic triad of symptoms. METHODS This study is a retrospective… CONTINUE READING

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