Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a preventable condition caused by depletion of Thiamine.  Thiamine depletion is associated with a variety of risk factors, including abuse of alcohol, certain cancers, AIDS and other infections, and gastric surgeries.  Because early treatment is important, hospital guidelines indicate vitamin supplementation for certain patients regardless of whether symptoms have appeared.

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