Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with 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 internist and/or metabolic specialist can evaluate the encephalopathic patient for metabolic causes of acute mental status abnormalities. Consult a neurologist for further evaluation and treatment of altered mental status or other focal neurologic deficits. A psychiatrist may be helpful in evaluating comorbid psychiatric conditions. Refer patients with alcoholism to alcohol-cessation programs and monitor them for signs of alcohol withdrawal.


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