What are the possible complications of thiamine deficiency in Wernicke encephalopathy (WE)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Philip N Salen, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Thiamine deficiency may also result in other manifestations such as dry beriberi (neuropathy), wet beriberi (neuropathy with high-output congestive heart failure), gastrointestinal beriberi (abdominal pain, vomiting and lactic acidosis), and coma. Heart failure with lactic acidosis is an important syndrome to be noted, because of reports of favorable outcome after thiamine treatment. [1]


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