What is the role of lumbar puncture and CSF analysis in the evaluation of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Glen L Xiong, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Seriously consider this procedure for any confused patient with fever and/or headache, particularly elderly patients, to rule out an infectious etiology. Patients with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome have a protein content that is within the reference range or mildly elevated without pleocytosis on CSF analysis.


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