How is Wernicke encephalopathy (WE) prevented?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Philip N Salen, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Patients who have been treated for WE should be advised to avoid alcohol consumption and other behaviors that predispose to thiamine deficiency.

In the United States, many foods (but not alcoholic beverages) are supplemented with multiple vitamins and minerals. Some health policy experts have hypothesized that fortifying alcoholic beverages with thiamine would lower healthcare costs.


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