Wernicke's encephalopathy in a child: case report and MR findings

Pediatr Radiol. 2001 Mar;31(3):167-8. doi: 10.1007/s002470000396.


We report a child affected by Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE), which was unsuspected clinically. MRI suggested the correct diagnosis and prompted appropriate thiamine replacement. WE is a difficult condition to recognise, especially in children, and MRI may be useful in the diagnosis of the disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Putamen / pathology
  • Thalamic Nuclei / pathology
  • Thiamine / administration & dosage
  • Thiamine Deficiency / diagnosis
  • Thiamine Deficiency / drug therapy
  • Wernicke Encephalopathy / diagnosis*
  • Wernicke Encephalopathy / drug therapy


  • Thiamine