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Thiamine deficiency

Jorge C Kattah
Background: Previous series of bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) identified numerous etiologies, but surprisingly, a cause in a significant number of cases remains unknown. In an effort to understand possible etiology and management strategies, a global effort is currently in progress. Here, I contribute my 10-year experience with both acute and chronic BVL during the 2007-2017 decade. Methods: This is a retrospective review of the charts and EMR of patients diagnosed with BVL in the last 10 years...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Jamie Perin, Gregory Prokopowicz, Margaret Furtado, Konstantinos Papas, Kimberley E Steele
BACKGROUND: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are common following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and can lead to significant morbidity, but little research on the efficacy of vitamin supplementation regimens exists. We compared the efficacy and tolerability of an investigational versus a standard multivitamin regimen in patients undergoing RYGB. METHODS: Fifty-six patients, aged 18 to 65, were randomized to an investigational versus a standard multivitamin. Plasma levels of vitamins A, B-12, D, E-α, E-β/γ, thiamine, folate, iron, iron-binding capacity, iron saturation, prealbumin, and parathyroid hormone (PTH) were measured at 3 and 6 months postoperatively...
March 2, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Désirée S Jansson, Caroline Bröjer, Aleksija Neimanis, Torsten Mörner, Charles L Murphy, Faruk Otman, Per Westermark
Since the late 1990s, high mortality and declining populations have been reported among sea birds including Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) from the Baltic Sea area in Northern Europe. Repeated BoNT type C/D botulism outbreaks have occurred, but it remains unclear whether this is the sole and primary cause of mortality. Thiamine deficiency has also been suggested as a causal or contributing factor. With this study, we aimed to investigate gross and microscopic pathology in Herring gulls from affected breeding sites in Sweden in search of contributing diseases...
2018: PloS One
Shaoming Sang, Xiaoli Pan, Zhichun Chen, Fan Zeng, Shumei Pan, Huimin Liu, Lirong Jin, Guoqiang Fei, Changpeng Wang, Shuhua Ren, Fangyang Jiao, Weiqi Bao, Weiyan Zhou, Yihui Guan, Yiqiu Zhang, Hongcheng Shi, Yanjiang Wang, Xiang Yu, Yun Wang, Chunjiu Zhong
BACKGROUND: The underlying mechanism of brain glucose hypometabolism, an invariant neurodegenerative feature that tightly correlates with cognitive impairment and disease progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD), remains elusive. METHODS: Positron emission tomography with 2-[18 F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG-PET) was used to evaluate brain glucose metabolism, presented as the rate of 2-[18 F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose standardized uptake value ratio (FDG SUVR) in patients with AD or control subjects and in mice with or without thiamine deficiency induced by a thiamine-deprived diet...
March 1, 2018: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
Yuanli Lei, Ming-Hua Zheng, Weijian Huang, Jie Zhang, Yingru Lu
RATIONALE: Circulatory failure, especially with low systemic vascular resistance (SVR), as observed in septic shock, thyrotoxicosis, and anemia, is a particular pattern that should suggest thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. The clinical picture of wet beriberi secondary to thiamine deficiency only demonstrates non-specific clinical manifestations. For a diagnosis of wet beriberi, medical history is very important. Interestingly, imprisonment was also found to be related to thiamine deficiency...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Zev M Nakamura, Jason R Tatreau, Donald L Rosenstein, Eliza M Park
BACKGROUND: Wernicke encephalopathy is a common neuropsychiatric syndrome due to thiamine deficiency. There is no consensus regarding thiamine dosing when Wernicke encephalopathy is suspected. A longstanding dosing strategy for Wernicke encephalopathy is 100mg daily, yet updated clinical guidelines suggest using high-dose intravenous (HDIV) thiamine. OBJECTIVE: To describe thiamine prescribing practices at a large, public academic hospital and investigate clinical characteristics and outcomes associated with HDIV thiamine in patients with encephalopathy who received IV thiamine...
January 11, 2018: Psychosomatics
Hideki Onishi, Mayumi Ishida, Iori Tanahashi, Takao Takahashi, Kenji Ikebuchi, Yoshitada Taji, Hisashi Kato, Tatsuo Akechi
OBJECTIVE: Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is a neuropsychiatric disorder caused by a thiamine deficiency. Although WE has been recognized in cancer patients, it can be overlooked because many patients do not exhibit symptoms that are typical of WE, such as delirium, ataxia, or ocular palsy. Furthermore, outpatients with WE who intermittently present at psycho-oncology clinics have not been described as far as we can ascertain. METHOD: This report describes two patients who did not exhibit the complete classic triad of symptoms among a series with cancer and WE, and who attended a psycho-oncology outpatient clinic...
February 26, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
Derrick Lonsdale
Starting with a brief history of beriberi and the discovery that thiamin deficiency is its cause, the symptoms and signs are reviewed. None are pathognomonic. The disease has a low mortality and a long morbidity. The appearance of the patient can be deceptive, often being mistaken for psychosomatic disease in the early stages. The chemistry of thiamin and the laboratory methodology for depicting its deficiency are outlined. The diseases associated with thiamin deficiency, apart from malnutrition, include a number of genetically determined conditions where mutations, either in the cofactor relationship or a transporter, provide the etiology...
2018: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
Heitor Pons Leite, Lúcio Flávio Peixoto de Lima, José Augusto de A C Taddei, Ângela Tavares Paes
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that low blood thiamine concentrations in malnourished critically ill children are associated with higher risk of 30-d mortality. METHODS: Prospective cohort study in 202 consecutively admitted children who had whole blood thiamine concentrations assessed on admission and on days 5 and 10 of intensive care unit (ICU) stay. The primary outcome variable was 30-d mortality. Mean blood thiamine concentrations within the first 10 d of ICU stay, age, sex, malnutrition, C-reactive protein concentration, Pediatric Index of Mortality 2 score, and severe sepsis/septic shock were the main potential exposure variables for outcome...
April 2018: Nutrition
Marta Araujo Castro, Clotilde Vázquez Martínez
Refeeding syndrome (RS) is a complex disease that occurs when nutritional support is initiated after a period of starvation. The hallmark feature is the hypophosphataemia, however other biochemical abnormalities like hypokalaemia, hypomagnesaemia, thiamine deficiency and disorder of sodium and fluid balance are common. The incidence of RS is unknown as no universally accepted definition exists, but it is frequently underdiagnosed. RS is a potentially fatal, but preventable, disorder. The identification of patients at risk is crucial to improve their management...
February 12, 2018: Medicina Clínica
Srdja Drakulic, Jay Rai, Steen Vang Petersen, Monika M Golas, Bjoern Sander
The pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC) bridges glycolysis and the citric acid cycle. In human, PDC deficiency leads to severe neurodevelopmental delay and progressive neurodegeneration. The majority of cases are caused by variants in the gene encoding the PDC subunit E1α. The molecular effects of the variants, however, remain poorly understood. Using yeast as a eukaryotic model system, we have studied the substitutions A189V, M230V, and R322C in yeast E1α (corresponding to the pathogenic variants A169V, M210V, and R302C in human E1α) and evaluated how substitutions of single amino acid residues within different functional E1α regions affect PDC structure and activity...
February 14, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
John F Bowyer, Karen M Tranter, Sumit Sarkar, Joseph P Hanig
Thiamine/ vitamin B1 deficiency can lead to behavioral changes and neurotoxicity in humans. This may due in part to vascular damage, neuroinflammation and neuronal degeneration in the diencephalon, which is seen in animal models of pyrithiamine-enhanced thiamine deficiency. However, the time course of the progression of these changes in the animal models has been poorly characterized. Therefore, in this study, the progression of: 1) activated microglial association with vasculature; 2) neurodegeneration; and 3) any vascular leakage in the forebrain during the progress of thiamine deficiency were determined...
February 7, 2018: Neurotoxicology
Caoimhe McGarvey, Catherine Franconi, David Prentice, Michael Bynevelt
A case of metformin encephalopathy is presented in a patient on haemodialysis for end-stage diabetic renal failure. The patient presented with frequent falls and clinical signs of Parkinsonism, on a background of recent anorexia and significant weight loss. Magnetic resonance imaging showed bilateral, symmetrical abnormalities centred on the lentiform nuclei. Metformin was withheld and signs and symptoms quickly resolved. We hypothesise that metformin may cause thiamine deficiency in patients with end-stage renal failure resulting in a specific metabolic encephalopathy...
February 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
Miriam Erick
Breast milk is the universal preferred nutrition for the newborn human infant. New mother have been encouraged to exclusively breastfeed by health care professionals and consumer-advocacy forums for years, citing "breast milk is the perfect food". The benefits are numerous and include psychological, convenience, economical, ecological and nutritionally superior. Human milk is a composite of nutritional choices of the mother, commencing in the pre-conceptual era. Events influencing the eventual nutritional profile of breast milk for the neonate start with pre-conceptual dietary habits through pregnancy and finally to postpartum...
February 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Luis Guillermo Uribe, María Alejandra Pérez, Camilo Andrés Lara, Natalia Rueda, Javier Augusto Hernández
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the opportunistic microorganisms with the highest prevalence in immunocompromised patients. Reactivation has decreased after the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Encephalitis has been reported in the coinfection as one of the most frequent presentations.We present the case of a young adult patient with HIV infection and rapid neurological deterioration due to classic clinical symptoms and signs of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, with no risk factors for thiamine deficiency, with images by nuclear magnetic resonance typical of the syndrome, and identification of cytomegalovirus in cerebrospinal fluid...
December 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
James J DiNicolantonio, Jing Liu, James H O'Keefe
Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in the energy metabolism in the human body. Deficiency in thiamine can lead to neurological abnormalities and congestive heart failure (HF), known as dry beriberi and wet beriberi respectively. Several populations are at higher risk for thiamine deficiency, most notably persons with chronic alcoholism. This article aims to provide a review of current literature on the role of thiamine in the human body, the current scope of thiamine deficiency, and explore the specific effects of thiamine deficiency and supplementation on the cardiovascular system...
January 19, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Ved Bhushan Arya, Michal Ajzensztejn, Gayle Appleby, Sue Oddy, David Halsall, Krishna Chatterjee, Carla Moran, Tony Hulse
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Clinical Endocrinology
Medhat Guirguis, Stephen Manning, Marina Chavez, Jessica Nelson, Regina Baronia, Sailatha Bobba, Jafreen Ahmed, Ijeoma Ajufo
Objective: Wernicke's encephalopathy is caused by thiamine deficiency and occurs predominantly in alcohol-dependent individuals but also develops in those who are malnourished due to other reasons including medical and psychiatric disorders. This study examined the frequency rate and management of Wernicke's encephalopathy in alcohol-dependent and non-alcohol-dependent patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Methods: Data were retrospectively collected from electronic medical records of psychiatric inpatients admitted to a teaching hospital located in Texas between September 2013 and March 2014...
December 28, 2017: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
Hideki Onishi, Mayumi Ishida, Iori Tanahashi, Takao Takahashi, Yoshitada Taji, Kenji Ikebuchi, Daisuke Furuya, Tatsuo Akechi
OBJECTIVE: Thiamine is an essential coenzyme for oxidative metabolisms; however, it is not synthesized in the human body, and the average thiamine storage capacity is approximately 18 days. Therefore, thiamine deficiency (TD) can occur in any condition of unbalanced nutrition. If TD is left untreated, it causes the neuropsychiatric disorder Wernicke encephalopathy (WE). Although WE is a medical emergency, it is sometimes overlooked because most patients with WE do not exhibit all of the typical symptoms, including delirium, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia...
December 26, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
Kenzo Hokazono, Francisco Geminiani, Debora Bertholdo
Purpose: To describe a case of sudden onset of nystagmus in a pregnant patient with hyperemesis gravidarum. Observations: Sixteen days after onset of persistent nausea and uncontrollable vomiting, a 12 week pregnant woman presented up-beating nystagmus, mild memory impairment and reduced sensitivity in the lower limbs. Laboratory tests presented thiamine deficiency and magnetic resonance imaging showed bilateral medial thalami and midbrain lesions. Because of suspected Wernicke's encephalopathy, the patient was treated with thiamine replacement and significant improvement of symptoms took place...
June 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
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