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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 150-151

Wernicke's encephalopathy after sleeve gastrectomy

1 Department of Medicine, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation; Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar
2 Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abdul Aziz Zafar
Department of Internal Medicine, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, P. O. Box: 3050, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/LJMS.LJMS_28_18

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As bariatric surgery is becoming a more sought-after treatment for morbid obesity, Wernicke's Encephalopathy (WE) is becoming more recognized complication of bariatric surgery. WE is a classic triad of symptoms of ataxia, ophthalmoplegia, and acute confusion due to thiamine deficiency. Bariatric surgery has its own complications in the form of vitamin deficiencies. Thiamine deficiency following bariatric surgery can present as WE. We present a case of 20-year-old young man, who presented after a short period of 3 months after sleeve gastrectomy with symptoms of diplopia and dizziness. The diagnosis was confirmed by the immediate resolution of the neurological symptoms after thiamine administration.

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