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Case Rep Psychiatry. 2014;2014:482136. doi: 10.1155/2014/482136. Epub 2014 May 22.

Unusual presentation of uncommon disease: anorexia nervosa presenting as wernicke-korsakoff syndrome-a case report from southeast Asia.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
2
M.B.B.S, GMC Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
3
Department of Radiology, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
4
Department of Prosthodontics, GDC Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
5
M.B.B.S, ASCOMS, Jammu, India.

Abstract

Anorexia nervosa presenting as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is rare. The causes of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome are multiple like alcohol abuse, thyrotoxicosis, haemodialysis, severe malnutrition because of gastric carcinoma and pyloric obstruction, hyperemesis gravidarum, and prolonged parenteral feeding. We report a case of anorexia nervosa, who presented with Wernicke's encephalopathy and progressed to Korsakoff's syndrome. Knowledge, awareness, and early intervention of anorexia nervosa by mental health professionals can prevent development of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

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