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Wernicke-Korsakoff disease

Alternative eponyms

  • Wernicke-Korsakoff symptom complex
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Related people

An association of Gayet-Wernicke and Korsakoff syndromes.

Description

An association of Gayet-Wernicke and Korsakoff' syndromes frequently observed in alcoholic, nutritionally deficient patients with the Gayet-Wernicke syndrome. Patients develop symptoms of the Korsakoff syndrome, mainly amnesia with a tendency to confabulate with or without polyneuropathy.

Bibliography

  • K. Wernicke:
    Die acute, hämorrhagische Polioencephalitis superior.
    In his: Lehrbuch der Gehirnkrankheiten; Kassel, Fischer, and Berlin, 1881, 22: 229-242.
  • S. S. Korsakoff:
    Ob alkogol’nom paraliche.
    Westnick Psychiatrii, Moscow, 1887, volume 4. Über eine besondere Form psychiser Störung kombiniert mit multipler Neuritis.
    Archiv für Psychiatrie und Nervenkrankheiten, Berlin, 1890, 21: 669-704.

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