n South African Medical Journal - Encephalopathy caused by thiamine deficiency : correspondence

Volume 105, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: Antel et al. have drawn attention to the acute encephalopathy caused by thiamine deficiency in non-alcohol-related settings. I would like to highlight a different clinical presentation that ought to be readily recognised as a possible manifestation of this deficiency, namely rapidly progressive leg weakness, by briefly describing a woman currently under our care at the Neurology Division, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.

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