What are the signs and symptoms of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Glen L Xiong, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Ocular/visual disturbances may include the following:

  • Painless vision abnormalities

  • Diplopia (double vision)

  • Strabismus

Gait abnormalities include the following:

  • New, wide-based, short-stepped gait

  • Inability to stand or walk without assistance

Mental status changes include the following:

  • Apathy, indifference, paucity of speech

  • Hallucination, agitation

  • Confabulation - Patient fills in gaps of memory with data that can be recalled at that moment

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