Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Lee-Anne Slater

Presentation

History of alcohol abuse presents with altered conscious state, including confusion, and an ataxic gait.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male
MRI

Selected FLAIR MRI images of the brain demonstrates hyperintensities in the periaqueductal region and the medial thalami. Note that this is on a background of global cerebral atrophy with CSF spaces more prominent than would normally be expected for a patient of 45 years old.

Case Discussion

Features are consistent with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

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Case information

rID: 12149
Published: 25th Oct 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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