Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) in Australia: no room for complacency

Feeney, Gerald F. X. and Connor, Jason P. (2008) Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) in Australia: no room for complacency. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27 4: 388-392. doi:10.1080/09595230802090048

Author Feeney, Gerald F. X.
Connor, Jason P.
Title Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) in Australia: no room for complacency
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3362
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09595230802090048
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 388
End page 392
Total pages 5
Editor J. B. Saunders
Place of publication UK
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject C1
920414 Substance Abuse
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Abstract Australia has made a substantial contribution to the recognition and treatment of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS). Much of this occurred over a generation ago, and vigilance in identifying this condition needs to be sustained. More recently, treatment protocols have been developed by the Royal College of Physicians (London). These provide guidelines on when and how to treat both patients at risk and those with acute Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE). It is not known how widespread these recommendations have been applied in Australia. We highlight these current treatment guidelines and illustrate management issues with two case reports. A decline in treatment practices in the United Kingdom prompted the development of these guidelines. Current treatment practices in Australia have not been reported. All alcohol and drug workers need to be reminded regularly of this condition and the need for prompt recognition and treatment.
Keyword case studies
treatment guidelines
Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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