What is included in the inpatient treatment of Wernicke encephalopathy (WE)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Philip N Salen, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Depending on mental status and the ability to protect his or her airway, admit a patient with suspected or confirmed WE to an inpatient internal medicine or neurology service.

Admission ensures that the patient receives continued intravenous thiamine and magnesium administration, observation for possible development of WKS, and evaluation for possible cardiovascular beriberi.

Inpatient therapy for infants with thiamine deficiency involves administration of high-dose, parenteral thiamine 50 mg/day for 2 weeks. [3]


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