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Wernicke′s encephalopathy following hyperemesis gravidarum

Juhi Chandwani, Sandeep Kantor, Kalpana Sarma, Maher J. Albahrani

Keywords : Central pontine myelinolysis, hyperemesis gravidarum, Wernicke′s encephalopathy

Citation Information : Chandwani J, Kantor S, Sarma K, Albahrani MJ. Wernicke′s encephalopathy following hyperemesis gravidarum. Indian J Crit Care Med 2014; 18 (3):164-166.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.128706

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Wernicke′s encephalopathy (WE) is a potentially reversible yet serious neurological manifestation caused by vitamin B 1 (thiamine) deficiency. It is commonly associated with heavy alcohol consumption. Other clinical associations are with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), starvation, and prolonged intravenous feeding. Most patients present with the triad of ocular signs, ataxia, and confusion. It can be associated with life-threatening complication like central pontine myelinolysis (CPM). We report two cases of WE following HG, with two different outcomes.

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