Starvation induced Wernicke's encephalopathy

Case contributed by Dr Ashutosh Gandhi


Abnormal behaviour.

Patient Data

Gender: Female

MRI Brain

Hyperintense signals in the bilateral medial thalamus and periventricular regions of third ventricle on FLAIR images, consistant with changes of wernicke`s encepahlopathy.

Case Discussion

Definite history fasting for more than a month (religious Hindu festival fasting). Wernicke encephalopathy is due to thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency.

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Case information

rID: 19865
Published: 18th Oct 2012
Last edited: 15th Sep 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included