Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome is caused by a deficiency in vitamin B1, which is also called thiamine. Deficiency in this vitamin is sometimes seen in alcoholism and is also seen in a number of other conditions that deplete this vitamin. The symptoms of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome include memory loss and cognitive decline as well as confabulation (making up stories), vision changes, and loss of muscle coordination.
Review the resources below to learn much more about Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome and related dementia.
Source: eMedicine from WebMD
Description: This website provides a thorough discussion of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, including information on diagnosis, treatment, and medications.
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Description: This web page discusses Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, its causes, and its treatment. It also provides links to current research and supporting organizations.
Source: Medline and the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Description: This web page from Medline's medical encyclopedia provides broad but easy-to-read explanation for the syndrome, covering basic information on the disease as well as information on support groups and expectations for and complications of Wernicke-Korsakoff's syndrome.