Acute Wernickes Encephalopathy precipitated by glucose loading
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- Watson, A.J.S., Walker, J.F., Tomkin, G.H. et al. I.J.M.S. (1981) 150: 301. doi:10.1007/BF02938260
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Four cases of acute Wernickes Encephalopathy in non-alcoholic, malnourished patients are described. In each case the administration of a glucose load precipitated a neurological crisis which was rapidly reversed by the administration of intravenous Thiamine. It is suggested that prophylactic Thiamine treatment therapy should be considered in the management of all malnourished patients.