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[Life-threatening complication of schizophrenia].

Authors
  • Felix, O
  • Felleiter, P
  • Sturzenegger, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Praxis
Publication Date
Jan 18, 2012
Volume
101
Issue
2
Pages
127–131
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1024/1661-8157/a000820
PMID: 22252595
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The Wernicke Encephalopathy (WE) as a result of a (sub)acute thiamine deficiency remains, unfortunately, still under-diagnosed, especially among non-alcoholics. It should be considered in each occurrence of delirium as well as in any ocular motor disorder and ataxia, in particular if there is a history of weight loss with or without gastrointestinal symptoms. In cases with suspected WE an immediate intravenous substitution of 3×200 mg/d is recommended.

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