Wernicke encephalopathy

Case contributed by Dr Suresh Babu Boddapati


Acute onset of confusion, ataxia and unusual behavior. Chronic alcoholic.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Bilateral symmetrical T2/FLAIR hyperintensity is seen involving bilateral thalami, around third ventricle, periaqueductal location, tectum, and mamillary bodies. No diffusion restriction seen. 

Extensive motion artifacts noted in coronal and sagittal T2 images.

Case Discussion

Classic clinical and imaging features of Wernicke encephalopathy.

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Case information

rID: 78633
Published: 7th Jun 2020
Last edited: 23rd Jun 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded
Institution: NRIIMS Visakhapatnam

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