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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011, pp. 71-74
Bioline Code: mj11039
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011, pp. 71-74

 en Wernicke’s Encephalopathy in a Patient with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings
Law, Huong Ling; Tan, Suzet & Sedi, Rosleena

Abstract

We report a case of Wernicke’s encephalopathy in a patient with nasopharyngeal carcinoma with a 3-month history of poor oral intake related to nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. The patient later developed deep coma while receiving in-patient therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed typical findings of Wernicke’s encephalopathy. The patient was treated with thiamine injections, which resulted in subsequent partial recovery of neurological function. This paper stresses the importance of magnetic resonance imaging for prompt diagnosis of Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

Keywords
adult, male, magnetic resonance imaging, neurology, thiamine deficiency, Wernicke’s encephalopathy

 
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