Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 380–382 | Cite as

Shoshin beriberi: an underdiagnosed condition?

  • J. A. Pang
  • A. Yardumian
  • R. Davies
  • D. L. H. Patterson
Case Reports


Shoshin beriberi, a fulminant form of heart failure due to thiamine deficiency has a different presentation to the classical form of beriberi heart failure. It is characterized by a cold periphery, low blood pressure, renal shutdown and a severe metabolic acidosis. The true incidence is unknown. Two patients were seen within a few months in a general hospital and in both dietary deficiency of thiamine was a major factor.

Key words

Shoshin beriberi 


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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Pang
    • 1
  • A. Yardumian
    • 1
  • R. Davies
    • 1
  • D. L. H. Patterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiac DepartmentWhittington HospitalLondonUK

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