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April 1984

Computed Tomographic Findings in Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

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From St Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wash.

Arch Neurol. 1984;41(4):453-454. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04050160119026

• An unconscious patient had a differential diagnosis of coma. Traumatic, metabolic, and infectious origins were considered, but none explained her condition satisfactorily. Clinical features on examination were compatible with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Her condition improved with supportive treatment and thiamine hydrochloride administration. A computed tomographic scan showed large, symmetric, low-density thalamic lesions, the condition of which improved after three months.

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