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    What is Wernike Encephalopathy or Korsakoff Syndrome? How can a memory care facility in West Columbia, South Carolina help?

    Dementia is a broad term that describes a group of illnesses that all cause cognitive decline such forgetfulness, problems with communication, difficulty following directions, etc.

    Wernicke encephalopathy and Korsakoff syndrome are different conditions, but both result from brain damage caused by a lack of vitamin B1. This vitamin deficiency is common in people with alcoholism and among persons whose bodies do not absorb food properly, as sometimes occurs with a chronic illness or after obesity surgery.

    Other conditions that may cause vitamin B1 deficiency include: AIDS, cancers that have spread throughout the body, extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, heart failure, long periods of intravenous (IV) therapy without receiving thiamine supplements, long-term dialysis, and very high thyroid hormone levels.

    Korsakoff Syndrome often presents as Wernike Encephalopathy resolves. While this disease is not reversible, a healthier lifestyle with a balanced diet, increased exercise, regimented medication management can help to manage the symptoms.

    The caring team at Colonial Gardens in West Columbia, South Carolina is trained in techniques to assist your loved one in navigating the challenges of Wernike Encephalopathy and Korsakoff Syndrome and the conditions that may cause cognitive decline.

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