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How do you pronounce; Wernicke's encephalopathy?

ver-nick-eeze en-cef-a-lo-path-ee

Wernicke's is a location in your brain. It has to do with speech and hearing (if I remember my undergrad training as an SLP correctly....).  (+ info)

Wernicke Encephalopathy a disability?

A member of my family was diagnosed with Wernicke Encephalopathy, and I was wondering if this qualifies them for collecting disability in the state of Florida. The person was diagnosed before they turned 18 and is now over 18 years of age. How might they go about collecting disability if they are eligible and what might they qualify for?

The person's memory has improved son and take one or two community college courses per semester, but their memory and coordination is still very "off". could this effect the chances of the person being able to collect disability?

I'm don't know much about the requirements for collecting disability in the state of Florida, but I suspect this individual may have some difficulty, depending on the severity of their encephalopathy.

Check the websites below for more information.  (+ info)

Does Wernicke's Encephalopathy a debilitating neurological disorders is due to sustained alcohol in the body?

The metabolization of alcohol is a multi-step process that transforms alcohol into metabolites. Alcohol is transformed into Acetaldehyde which is approximately 30 times more toxic than alcohol.Acetaldehyde is the major cause of hangovers and alcohol related disorders. The single greatest factor in a person's susceptibility to alcohol damage is their enzymatic ability or inability to detoxify acetaldehyde. The longer acetaldehyde remains in the body, the worse the hangover and greater the damage. Memory loss, extreme apathy, loss of cognition and dementia are just a few of the symptoms caused by repeated dehydration of your brain and reduced levels of acetylcholine production. According to new scientific studies, sustained alcohol use can lead to severely debilitating neurological disorders such as Wernicke's Encephalopathy and Korsakoff's Syndrome. Sober Up aids the body in its detoxification process by rapidly replenishing the nutrients needed to metabolize alcohol and its toxic metabolites.  (+ info)

Does sustained alcohol use can lead to debilitating neurological disorders such as Wernicke's Encephalopathy?

its possible due to the Thiamine deficiency produced  (+ info)

can wernicke's encephalopathy thiamine deficiency lesions look like multiple sclerosis lesions?

I was diagnosed with ms 4 years ago after months of not eating and 3 weeks of vomiting I had a bout of double vision. Mri revealed multiple lesions.

good question, glad you asked. Wernicke's and Ms are completely two different animals. Wernicke is casued by long tern and chronic alocholism. It does not lead to brain lesions per se, but leads to atrophy in the brain and yes you are right, one of the chief reasons is long standing thiamine deficiencey. MS lesions are rare, but can occur. But again, they will appear as atropied areas of the brain as this is an immune disease which casues generalized wasting of the cels. The facto that you are having double vision makes me wonder if you have a carcinoma somethere. Good luck!!  (+ info)

how is Wernicke's encephalopathy precipitated after a carbohydrate load in thiamine deficiency?

Wernicke's encephalopathy involves damage to multiple nerves in both the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the rest of the body).
It may also include symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal. The cause is generally attributed to malnutrition, especially lack of vitamin B1 (thiamine), which is common in those with alcoholism.
Heavy alcohol use interferes with the break down of thiamine in the body, so even if someone with alcoholism follows a well-balanced diet, most of the thiamine is not absorbed.
Korsakoff syndrome, or Korsakoff psychosis, tends to develop as Wernicke's symptoms do away. This involves damage to areas of the brain involved with memory. Patients often attempt to hide their poor memory by creating detailed, believable stories about experiences or situations. This is not usually a deliberate attempt to deceive because the patient often believes what he is saying to be true.
Please see the web pages for more details on Wernicke's encephalopathy and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome  (+ info)

what is Wernicke Encephalopathy?

severe syndrome characterised by loss of short term memory  (+ info)

What is progressive reversible encephalopathy syndrome?

My friend was just told her Aunt has this after a few weeks in hospital. I try looking it up so I can try and help her understand this but everytime I do It comes up as Posterior Reversible encephalopathy syndrome. Is there a diffrence ?

It means she has something going on that has effected her brain, and that the doctors think it is reversible, .......she will get better.......if she does what it takes to get bettrer.
There are many possible causes of this, anywhere from nutrition deficiencis, to liver damage........  (+ info)

Does injury to Wernicke's area impair ability to understand written instructions/information?

As title thanks. For example, can a person with injury to Wernicke's area still read books and fully understand what he reads the way a normal person does?

try to google this:receptive aphasia  (+ info)

what is hepatic encephalopathy and is it bad?

My dad come home today and told me he got hepatic encephalopathy. I don't have a clue what that is, so can someone please tell me!!!!

You should ask your dad and see what the doctor told him. Hepatic encephalopathy is one of the symptoms of end stage liver disease. ESLD can be caused by several things, most commonly from alcoholism and/ or viral hepatitis infection like hepatitis C or B. Basically, after the liver becomes damaged over a period of time, it fails to do one of it's jobs; mainly filtering toxins out of the blood. These toxins (which are waste products from the food we eat) build up in the blood stream and cause high ammonia levels in the blood. This ammonia affects the brain's ability to think clearly. This can be treated temporarily with laxatives like lactulose which helps the body to get rid of some of these toxins. Eating a lower protein diet can help decrease some of the symptoms. Hope this helps.  (+ info)

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