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Does Korsakoff's syndrome result from heavy drinking with poor absorbtion of vitamin B1?

poor intake and absorption yes  (+ info)

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome can this turn into Alzheimer's?

My Mom was diagoned with Wernecke about 7 years ago, she other wise was a healthy active 52 yr old.
My grandmom moved in with her and a full time helper, over the years she has slowly gotten worse with memory etc.
But just this last weeks, she has gotten aggressive witht he helper and her speech is completely garbled most of the times.
Her doctor, seems to think its progressing .
She was on Aracept, but they took her off after she started behaving aggressive

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome:
Symptoms include mental confusion, vision impairment, stupor, coma, hypothermia, hypotension, and ataxia. Korsakoff's amnesic syndrome-a memory disorder-also results from a deficiency of thiamine, and is associated with alcoholism..

The doctors seems to think thats it...There is nothing ese no other treatment that will help.

Anyone has had this experience.?
Any advise appreciated...

Wernicke Encephaly is a deterioration of the brain usually seen in patients who have had excessive alchohol consumption or thamine defiency. But can be caused by other factors.

This is a tough disease to deal with and gradual loss of all functions happens. Yes they can get aggressive, speech is affected. You will see Alzheimer like symptoms as the same areas of the brain are affected.

Your Dr. may not be aware that you can help reduce the degeneration and symptoms with the stress reduction therapies in Quantum Biofeedback.  (+ info)

what is the medication and behaviour patterns of someone suffering from wernike-korsakoff syndrome?

living in residential nursing care?

* Vision changes
o Double vision
o Eye movement abnormalities
o Eyelid drooping
* Loss of muscle coordination
o Unsteady, uncoordinated walking
* Loss of memory, can be profound
* Inability to form new memories
* Confabulation (making up stories)
* Hallucinations

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Can stem cells help Wernicker Korsakoff Syndrome?

Was just wondering?

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wernicke korsakoff syndrome?

My mother recently died from Wernicke- Korsakoff syndrome, and I know pretty much about it.(mostly an alcohol related disease) What I don't know is if there are many recovery cases. She was 58 and my aunt also appears to have it and is 70. I'm looking for miracle "happy endings" and treatments?

Thiamine (vitamin B1) may improve symptoms of confusion or delirium, difficulties with vision and eye movement, and muscle incoordination. Vitamin B1 may be given by injection into a vein or a muscle, or by mouth.

With treatment, symptoms (such as uncoordinated movement and vision difficulties) may be controlled, and progression of the disorder may be slowed or stopped.

Total abstinence from alcohol is required to prevent progressive loss of brain function and damage to peripheral nerves. A well-balanced, nourishing diet is recommended.  (+ info)

How do I cope with my mom having Pancreactic Cancer and my dad having Korsakoff syndrome?

This is the run down on how badly my life has became lately. I moved away from college in the summer time. My girlfriend of two and a half years broke up with me when we both got to college and I went into a deep state of depression. Two months after being at college my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer which sent me into an even deeper depression with my ex girlfriend still being around. My mom had to go up to Stanford for a month to get radation treatment. My dad was an alcoholic for years before she was diagnosed and when she left to Stanford for a month starting binge drinking since my mom wasn't there to stop him. He ended up in the hospital since nobody was there to watch him and through all the binge drinking ended up being diagnosed with Korsakoff syndrom which is basically when you are mal nourished for weeks and binge drink and while you detox from the drinking a small percentage of people can develop Korsakoff syndrom which basically leaves you mentally and physically disabled but still healthy. I have so much resentment in my heart towards my dad for drinking himself to this, he knew that he was all I had in the world when my mom passed and he took the selfish rout out in life and now has left me all alone in this world. My mom keeps trying to pretend like she is fine and life is going to go on being the same like she doesn't even have cancer. I cry every night before I go to bed praying to god to keep my head on straight and not do anything stupid. I have tried going to therapy twice and neither has helped me at all. I had the best family, the most loving parents growing up and now I'm only 21 years old, I have hardly any friends, my parents were my best friends in the world and I feel like the world is crashing all around me. Im crying now just writing this thinking to myself how could my mom be such a saint, and raise me so well and end up getting one of the most fatal diseases out there. What did she do to deserve it? No one in her family tree has ever had cancer, why did this sweet woman get so unlucky. I feel so alone

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Have I developed Korsakoff's Syndrome?

My third semester at college started off really well when all of a sudden about two months in I suddenly became very tired and unmotivated to do basically anything. I was getting really frustrated at school because I couldn't remember a thing the professors said, I began taking naps very frequently, and I would feel exhausted after very little physical activity. My whole lifestyle was changing out of nowhere and so finally I decided to speak to a doctor at my school's health clinic. That November he diagnosed me with ADHD and prescribed me Adderall (at first he gave me 20mg xr but they had no affect on me so the next month he gave me 30mg xr and 10mg tablets to take in the afternoons if necessary). They helped me concentrate, I felt less tired, and I began doing better in school. I didn't want to become dependent on them though, so I wouldn't take them on days when that I didn't necessarily need them... on those days it would be back to the state that I was in before I began taking them, even more tired though. As summer started, I wasn't able to take them on such a regular basis because my school was a few hours away and the doctor didn't feel it was necessary to take them when I wasn't going to school. That's when I started noticing everything that had been happening to me previously happen to me all over again but much more severely.
Some background info:
-I graduated high school with a 4.2 gpa, was a rapid reader, and had no problems with memory whatsoever; I could recite lines from books after reading the page only one time. (When this all started I would be listening to the professor lecture and as I would begin writing a sentence of what he said I would stop half-way through and couldn't remember the rest of it even if my life depended on it. Also I'll be trying to have a conversation with someone and many times I think about if I'd asked them something so I ask them if I had already asked them and they tell me that I haven't, when I could have sworn I did. Or many times I'll forget someone's response and have to ask them to tell me again, it's very frustrating.)
-I used to exercise daily, I ran a half marathon my freshman year of college and was in great shape even though I smoked cigarettes. (When this started I went from coming home from the gym one night and not going back for about 3 months because I was too tired to even try to make it up there.)
-I've been a vegetarian since the beginning of my senior year of high school. I eat sea food occasionally, but take supplements; not daily, but I try to.
-I drink occasionally, I definitely wouldn't be considered an alcoholic though (I really mean this, not just trying to justify drinking; I'm in college, I like to have fun... but not on a daily basis by any means, maybe two or three nights a week.)
-I'm 5'6'' and usually weigh between 125 and 130lbs

One thing that has become noticeable to me about two weeks ago is that my sight has been a little different than usual. I've worn glasses for reading, watching tv, and stuff like that for a while but now it takes my eyes about 30 seconds to readjust from looking at something up close to something further away and vice versa. This happens a lot at the movies when I have to close my eyes for a bit, look back at the screen, and sometimes they're adjusted, but more often things still look blurry.

My parents think that I'm just overreacting (they don't like me taking the adderall) but I'm convinced that something has changed. I'm sure you know the feeling, when you know something is wrong but only you can tell. I don't have a primary physician and I'm not sure what kind of doctor to go talk to about this. Any help would be greatly appreciated, particularly who I should speak to about this.


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What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?

I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?

Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

Are there different types of Down syndrome and what areas of the body does Down syndrome affect? ?

Also, are there any significant statistics related to Down syndrome? Has Down syndrome received any recent attention from the media? Are there any famous people that have Down syndrome.
Answer as many of the above questions as possible.

There are three types of Down syndrome, garden variety Trisomy 21, mosaicism and translocation.

Read more at:

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome (English, Spanish, French)

There is a slide show that also incorporates videos of the featured 'More Alike than Different' cast at the National Down Syndrome Congress website:


And great information at the National Down Syndrome Society website:
Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

You might also enjoy

Margaret's Guide to Down Syndrome

For bios of actors with Down syndrome, see:

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene


DS in Arts and Media


Michael Johnson


Sujeet Desai

Down Syndrome Links at the Family Village website

Check out this recent New York Times article:

The DNA Age: Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

Have fun with your research!
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What is so bad about having down syndrome?

I think people are a lot colder than they want you to believe. Too many pregnancies prediagnosed with down syndrome are terminated! Doctors tell people that their kid will be like some animal and people believe them. I've met my share of people with down syndrome, and they all seem pretty human to me. On top of that, they were all decent folks, which is a lot more than I can say for the general population. And how does knowing that unborn children are purged because of down syndrome affect those who were born and have down syndrome?

WOW!! I'm so glad that there are other people who's lives have been touched as mine has. See when I was 28 I gave birth to twin girls and one of them was born with Mosaic down syndrome. Of course, I didn't know much about it til now....and yes I was shocked. They are 14 months old now, and such a blessing as well as my two boys. My daughter is about 4 months behind in her milestones, but she is always so happy! Out of all my kids she is the easiest to handle.

It's always nice to have other people, who see that they are more alike, then different from the rest of us.  (+ info)

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