Unusual Presentation of Uncommon Disease: Anorexia Nervosa Presenting as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome—A Case Report from Southeast Asia
- Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Case Reports in Psychiatry,
(issn: 2090-682X, eissn: 2090-6838)
Case Report | Psychiatry | Article Subject | RC435-571
mesheuropmc: behavioral disciplines and activities | digestive, oral, and skin physiology | mental disorders
Anorexia nervosa presenting as Wernicke-Korsakoff
syndrome is rare. The causes of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome are multiple like alcohol abuse, thyrotoxicosis, haemodialysis, severe malnutrition because of gastric carcinoma and pyloric obstruction, hyperemesis gravidarum, and prolonged parenteral feeding. We report a case of anorexia nervosa, who presented with Wernicke's encephalopathy and progressed to Korsakoff's syndrome. Knowledge, awareness, and early intervention of anorexia nervosa by mental health professionals can prevent development of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.