Wernicke's encephalopathy in AIDS: A preventable cause of fatal neurological deficit

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Wernicke's encephalopathy is commonly associated with chronic alcohol abuse, but may also occur in patients with poor nutritional status. We report a case of acute Wernicke's encephalopathy in a patient with AIDS without any predisposing risk factors for thiamine deficiency. In developing countries, without vitamin supplementation, this disorder may play a role in the morbidity and mortality associated with AIDS. We believe that thiamine supplementation should be considered in cachetic AIDS patients, especially where access to antiretroviral therapy is limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-713
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003


  • AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Thiamine deficiency
  • Wernicke's encephalopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology


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