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Are you at risk of Wernicke’s encephalopathy?

| Apr 3, 2021 | blog, Wernicke's encephalopathy

Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a condition that can result from failure to diagnose vitamin B1 deficiency. You could have a medical malpractice claim in Texas if your doctor failed to promptly diagnose you with vitamin B1 deficiency, also known as thiamine deficiency. When this medical issue goes untreated, it may turn into Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Most people don’t have symptoms of vitamin B1 deficiency until it turns into Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

What increases your risk of Wernicke’s encephalopathy?

If you have had gastrointestinal surgery or bariatric surgery, you are at a higher risk of Wernicke’s encephalopathy. You could ask your doctor if your vitamin B1 levels are sufficient to protect yourself against this health condition. Pregnant women who have prolonged or severe nausea or vomiting are also at higher risk of Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Likewise, anyone who is experiencing prolonged or severe nausea or vomiting after surgery should check their vitamin B1 levels.

Signs of Wernicke’s encephalopathy

You may have short-term memory problems, mental sluggishness, loss of balance while walking or visual disturbances when you have Wernicke’s encephalopathy. It’s possible to fall into a coma as well. Symptoms that you might mistakenly shrug off are confusion, apathy and the inability to concentrate.

Some doctors only consider thiamine deficiency if the patient has balance problems, eye muscle dysfunction and confusion. However, you should insist on a vitamin B1 test or go to a different doctor if you have other symptoms you’re feeling worried about. You might be able to seek compensation for medical malpractice if your doctor was negligent in considering the possibility you have a vitamin B1 deficiency.

Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a serious issue that could cause permanent brain damage among other health problems. Stay more alert about what’s going on with your body and mental state when you go through a situation that puts you at higher risk of a vitamin B1 deficiency. Doctors are sometimes negligent, so it’s good to learn about health conditions to watch out for.

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