Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Alcoholic Encephalopathy Types

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome involves two conditions.

The two types of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome include:

  • Wernicke's disease:
    • Abnormal function of the brain and nerves
    • Results in abnormal movement, coordination and balance
  • Korsakoff syndrome:

With treatment, symptoms of Wernicke's disease resolve, but symptoms of Korsakoff syndrome remain.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Alcoholic Encephalopathy References
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