Categories: Neurology

Triad of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

Classical clinical symptoms of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy:

  • Encephalopathy (i.e disorientation, inattentiveness)
  • Oculomotor dysfunction (i.e typically bilateral horizontal nystagmus, lateral rectus palsy)
  • Gait ataxia (May appear wide-based and slow)

REFERENCES

  1. Victor, M, Adams, RA, Collins, GH. The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and related disorders due to alcoholism and malnutrition. FA Davis, Philadelphia 1989.
  2. Chapter 8: Disorders of Equilibrium. Clinical Neurology, 9e
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