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A common cause of altered mental status occurring at an uncommon age.
Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000 Apr; 16(2):94-6.PE

Abstract

Wernicke's encephalopathy is a neurologic disorder due to a nutritional deficiency of thiamine, characterized by ocular palsies, ataxia, and altered mental activity. While Wernicke's encephalopathy is commonly attributed to alcoholism in the adult population, it has been described in children receiving prolonged parenteral nutrition and those with malignancies and AIDS. The disease, however, is rarely diagnosed in the pediatric population during life. We report a case of Wernicke's encephalopathy in a child with prolonged starvation and aim to improve awareness of a potentially fatal but treatable disease.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, PA, USA.No affiliation info available

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Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10784210

Citation

Decker, M J., and D J. Isaacman. "A Common Cause of Altered Mental Status Occurring at an Uncommon Age." Pediatric Emergency Care, vol. 16, no. 2, 2000, pp. 94-6.
Decker MJ, Isaacman DJ. A common cause of altered mental status occurring at an uncommon age. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000;16(2):94-6.
Decker, M. J., & Isaacman, D. J. (2000). A common cause of altered mental status occurring at an uncommon age. Pediatric Emergency Care, 16(2), 94-6.
Decker MJ, Isaacman DJ. A Common Cause of Altered Mental Status Occurring at an Uncommon Age. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000;16(2):94-6. PubMed PMID: 10784210.
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