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A Case of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Induced by Pyloric Stenosis [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2009; 15(2): 94-97

A Case of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Induced by Pyloric Stenosis

Serkan Özben, Hüsniye Aylin Hakyemez, Hürtan Acar, Feriha Özer
Clinic Of Neurology, Haseki Training And Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a neurological syndrome that develops due to thiamine deficiency. Although it has a significantly high
mortality rate, it responds well to thiamine treatment, especially in its early stages. Because of its common association with alco-
holism and the fact that its clinical triad is seen in only a small portion of patients (10-20%), diagnosis is difficult, especially in cases
without a history of alcoholism. Herein we present a patient that drank bleach (sodium carbonate) in an effort to commit suicide and
developed pyloric stenosis, which was followed by confusion, ophthalmoparesis, and ataxia

Keywords: Wernicke encephalopathy, pyloric stenosis, thiamine deficiency.


Serkan Özben, Hüsniye Aylin Hakyemez, Hürtan Acar, Feriha Özer. A Case of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Induced by Pyloric Stenosis. Turk J Neurol. 2009; 15(2): 94-97

Corresponding Author: Serkan Özben, Türkiye


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