Wernicke Encephalopathy Following Prolonged Intravenous Therapy

Alan M. Nadel, Peter C. Burger

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Two nonalcoholic patients who were maintained for extended periods on intravenous fluids manifested the morphologic expressions of Wernicke encephalopathy. A thiamine-deficiency state was not suspected and vitamins were never administered. These cases emphasize the consequences of this disorder and the rapidity with which the state of thiamine depletion can develop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2403-2405
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number22
StatePublished - May 31 1976

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