Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Amanda Denny

Posted by Amanda Denny on October 9, 2017

Korsakoff syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe thiamine (vitamin B-1) deficiency, a common consequence of alcoholism. Thiamine helps brain cells produce energy from sugar; when levels fall too low, brain cells cannot generate enough energy to function properly. Symptoms of Korsakoff syndrome include severe loss of memory, confabulation (making up stories), and hallucinations.

Topics: Dementia Home Care, Alcohol-Induced Dementia, Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome