What are cardiovascular manifestations of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Glen L Xiong, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Hypothermia presents secondary to damage in temperature regulating centers. Associated peripheral neuropathy is found in 80% of patients.

Cardiovascular dysfunction may be observed. Overt signs of beriberi heart disease [35] are rare in patients with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. The following symptoms may be observed and generally improve with administration of thiamine:

  • Postural hypotension

  • Tachycardia

  • Syncope


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