When is neuropsychological testing and rehabilitation indicated in the management of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Glen L Xiong, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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After the acute clinical symptoms stabilize and adequate thiamine supplementation is established, persistent cognitive symptoms will likely stabilize and plateau. Neuropsychological testing should be considered in patients with persistent cognitive symptoms to delineate the various cognitive domains that are impaired. Most commonly, declarative memory, immediate recall, attention and concentration, and executive function are impaired. [56] Procedural learning and memory rehabilitation can be employed to help the patient compensate for certain cognitive deficits to improve quality of life and overall functional improvement. [57]


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