Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

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Proper balance of hormones, vitamins, and minerals is an important part of being healthy. Whenever the body is deficient in something, there is a chance for negative health outcomes. The greater the deficiency, the greater the risk. In the case of thiamine, one of the outcomes of significant deficiency is…

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Surgeries of all types are associated with an increased risk of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy, a neurological condition caused by a lack of B-vitamins, particularly Thiamine. But bariatric surgeries are associated with a particularly high post-operative prevalence of this disease. The reason for this increased incidence is unclear, though it has been…

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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…

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