Wernicke’s Encephalopathy and Korsakoff Syndrome Following Bariatric Surgery

Powers Taylor LLP is investigating potential claims involving patients who have suffered brain damage because of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome following common medical procedures, such as bariatric gastrointestinal surgery.  This neurological disease can lead to permanent brain injury and can easily be avoided by a timely diagnosis and treatment.

What is Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome?

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, helps our bodies convert food into energy and impacts the function of the nervous system and brain. Typically, people get enough of the vitamin from food, but certain medical situations can cause thiamine levels to drop to dangerously low levels. Recent reports have shown a prevalence of cases involving patients who had bariatric or gastrointestinal surgery and presented symptoms like confusion, loss of balance, and vision impairment afterward. If left untreated, these symptoms of Wernicke’s encephalopathy can worsen and develop into Korsakoff psychosis, an irreversible impairment of the memory functions of the brain.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome is easily preventable by early detection. A doctor can administer a vitamin B1 shot as soon as a thiamine deficiency is suspected and patients can avoid the threat of permanent brain damage.  Unfortunately, although doctors are trained on the important role of monitoring thiamine levels in the body following major medical procedures, some medical professionals overlook this very important aspect of post-surgical care.

This type of neglect is preventable and Powers Taylor LLP is committed to fighting for victims of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy or Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome due to delayed diagnosis.  If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome or Wernicke’s Encephalopathy following bariatric or gastrointestinal surgery, you may have a claim. Powers Taylor LLP has successfully handled a variety of similar cases involving nursing home neglect and medical malpractice. The attorneys at Powers Taylor have a wealth of experience and will fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.



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