What are the possible complications of dextrose in the 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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In addition, the administration of dextrose in the setting of thiamine deficiency can be harmful because glucose oxidation is a thiamine-intensive process that may drive the insufficient circulating vitamin B-1 intracellularly, thereby precipitating neurologic injury. [3]


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