Saturday, 16 October 2010

MRCP revision battle 31.2: Korsakoff's Syndrome

Korsakoff's Syndrome is a condition in which there is an inability to build new memories but preservation of other cognitive functions.

It is a chronic disorder, usually following Wernicke's encephalopathy.

The patient has an inability to consolidate new info, retrograde amnesia, patchy preservation of long term memory, a lack of insight and confabulates (=fabricates information to make up for memory loss)

Treatment is with thiamine but under 20% of patients respond.

On to 31.3... MS...