What is Wernicke encephalopathy (WE)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Philip N Salen, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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An important cause of acute or subacute delirium, Wernicke encephalopathy (WE) is a neurological disorder induced by thiamine, vitamin B1, deficiency. WE is the most important encephalopathy due to a single vitamin deficiency. WE presents with the classic triad of ocular findings, cerebellar dysfunction, and confusion. [1]

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