Event Title

Wernicke Encephalopathy Following Gastric Bypass: A Case Report

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Start Date

11-5-2022 1:00 PM

End Date

11-5-2022 4:00 PM

Description

Bariatric surgery is used as a treatment for morbid obesity and often results in rapid weight loss. This procedure has been associated with postoperative nutritional deficiencies. Neurological complications due to nutritional deficiencies include Wernicke encephalopathy, a disorder that affects the central and peripheral nervous system due to thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Wernicke encephalopathy can lead to irreversible consequences if not treated early. Here, we present a case of a 40-year-old woman that developed Wernicke encephalopathy two months after gastric bypass surgery, with additional findings of flat affect and concurrent polyradiculopathy. Her diagnosis was delayed due to unique symptoms and an initial workup with negative imaging findings, making the identification of this disorder more complex.

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Wernicke Encephalopathy Following Gastric Bypass: A Case Report

Philadelphia, PA

Bariatric surgery is used as a treatment for morbid obesity and often results in rapid weight loss. This procedure has been associated with postoperative nutritional deficiencies. Neurological complications due to nutritional deficiencies include Wernicke encephalopathy, a disorder that affects the central and peripheral nervous system due to thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Wernicke encephalopathy can lead to irreversible consequences if not treated early. Here, we present a case of a 40-year-old woman that developed Wernicke encephalopathy two months after gastric bypass surgery, with additional findings of flat affect and concurrent polyradiculopathy. Her diagnosis was delayed due to unique symptoms and an initial workup with negative imaging findings, making the identification of this disorder more complex.