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Wernicke’s encephalopathy: a case report and mri findings

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S Yucebilgin ,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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T Cirpan,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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C Y Sanhal,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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E Ozan,

Department of Radiology, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
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T Acar,

Department of Radiology, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
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S Ozsener

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Abstract

Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE) is a serious, potentially fatal acute or subacute neurological disorder caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency. Although it is most frequently observed in patients who are chronic alcoholics, WE may also be associated with hyperemesis gravidarum. We report magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) findings in this case of WE in a pregnant patient with hyperemesis gravidarum. We conclude that DWI should be included in the imaging protocols of patients suspected to suffer from Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

How to Cite: Yucebilgin S, Cirpan T, Sanhal CY, Ozan E, Acar T, Ozsener S. Wernicke’s encephalopathy: a case report and mri findings. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2011;94(1):24–5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.480
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Published on 07 Jan 2011.
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