When are stupor or coma typically observed in patients with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Glen L Xiong, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Stupor or coma can be observed in more severe cases but is rare as an initial presentation. If patients remain untreated, the condition will progress to death, as in the initial cases described by Wernicke.

Patients may present with varying degrees of alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol use is the most common etiology leading to a poor nutritional state that results in Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.


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