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  Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Following Gastrointestinal Surgery; MRI and DWI Findings [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2014; 20(3): 84-86 | DOI: 10.4274/tnd.16023  

Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Following Gastrointestinal Surgery; MRI and DWI Findings

Betül Kızıldağ1, Arzu Canan2, Halil Murat Şen3, Şükrü Taş4, Öztekin Çıkman4, Emine Dağıstan2
1Department Of Radiology, Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale
2Department Of Radiology, Abant İzzet Baysal University, Bolu
3Department Of Neurology, Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale
4Department Of Surgery, Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale

Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE) is a neurologic disorder resulting from thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency and characterised by the ocular signs, altered consciousness, and ataxia. It is usually associated with chronic alcohol abuse. Recently, it could be a complication of bariatric surgery. The classical clinical triad occurs in a small group of patients, and early replacement of thiamine is an important prognostic factor. Hence, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful to support the diagnosis. In this case, we report MRI and diffusion weighted imaging findings of WE in a patient without history of alcoholism after gastrointestinal surgery.

Keywords: Gastrointestinal surgery, magnetic resonance imaging, thiamine, Wernicke’s encephalopathy

Betül Kızıldağ, Arzu Canan, Halil Murat Şen, Şükrü Taş, Öztekin Çıkman, Emine Dağıstan. Wernicke’s Encephalopathy Following Gastrointestinal Surgery; MRI and DWI Findings. Turk J Neurol. 2014; 20(3): 84-86

Corresponding Author: Betül Kızıldağ, Türkiye

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