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Wernicke Encephalopathy MeSH Descriptor Data 2022


MeSH Heading
Wernicke Encephalopathy
Tree Number(s)
C10.228.140.163.960
C18.452.132.960
C18.654.521.500.133.699.827.822
C25.775.100.625
F03.900.100.875
Unique ID
D014899
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D014899
Scope Note
An acute neurological disorder characterized by the triad of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, and disturbances of mental activity or consciousness. Eye movement abnormalities include nystagmus, external rectus palsies, and reduced conjugate gaze. THIAMINE DEFICIENCY and chronic ALCOHOLISM are associated conditions. Pathologic features include periventricular petechial hemorrhages and neuropil breakdown in the diencephalon and brainstem. Chronic thiamine deficiency may lead to KORSAKOFF SYNDROME. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp1139-42; Davis & Robertson, Textbook of Neuropathology, 2nd ed, pp452-3)
Entry Version
WERNICKE ENCEPH
Entry Term(s)
Beriberi, Cerebral
Encephalopathy, Gayet-Wernicke
Encephalopathy, Wernicke
Encephalopathy, Wernicke's
Gayet-Wernicke Encephalopathy
Wernicke Disease
Wernicke Polioencephalitis, Superior Hemorrhagic
Wernicke Superior Hemorrhagic Polioencephalitis
Wernicke Syndrome
Wernicke's Disease
Wernicke's Encephalopathy
Wernicke's Polioencephalitis, Superior Hemorrhagic
Wernicke's Superior Hemorrhagic Polioencephalitis
Wernicke's Syndrome
Public MeSH Note
2000; see WERNICKE'S ENCEPHALOPATHY 1970-1999, see VITAMIN B DEFICIENCY 1963-1969
History Note
2000(1964)
Date Established
1970/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
2013/07/08
Wernicke Encephalopathy Preferred
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