Korsakoff syndrome

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Kor·sa·koff syn·drome

(kōr-să'kof),
an alcohol amnestic syndrome characterized by confusion and severe impairment of memory, especially for recent events, for which the patient compensates by confabulation. Typically encountered in patients with long-term alcoholism, delirium tremens may precede the syndrome, and Wernicke syndrome often coexists with it. The precise pathogenesis is uncertain, but direct toxic effects of alcohol are probably less important than severe nutritional deficiencies often associated with chronic alcoholism.

Korsakoff syndrome

(kôr′sə-kôf′, -kŏf′) also

Korsakoff's syndrome

(-kôfs′, -kŏfs′)
n.
A neurological syndrome characterized by loss of coordination, disorientation, and memory loss, often accompanied by confabulation. It results from thiamine deficiency, which can be caused by chronic alcoholism, malnutrition, or other factors. Also called Korsakoff psychosis.

Kor·sa·koff syn·drome

(kor'să-kof sin'drōm)
An alcohol amnestic syndrome characterized by confusion and severe impairment of memory, especially for recent events, for which the patient compensates by confabulation; typically encountered in those with chronic alcoholism; delirium tremens may precede the syndrome, and Wernicke syndrome often coexists; the precise pathogenesis is uncertain, but direct toxic effects of alcohol are probably less important than severe nutritional deficiencies often associated with chronic alcoholism.
Synonym(s): amnestic syndrome (1) , polyneuritic psychosis.

Korsakoff,

(Korsakov), Sergei S., Russian neurologist and psychiatrist, 1853-1900.
Korsakoff psychosis - Synonym(s): Korsakoff syndrome
Korsakoff syndrome - an alcohol amnestic syndrome. Synonym(s): amnestic psychosis; amnestic syndrome; dysmnesic psychosis; Korsakoff psychosis; polyneuritic psychosis
Wernicke-Korsakoff encephalopathy
Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome - see under Wernicke

Kor·sa·koff syn·drome

(kor'sĕ-kawf sin'drōm)
Alcohol amnestic syndrome characterized by confusion and severe impairment of memory, especially for recent events, for which the patient compensates by confabulation. Typically encountered in patients with long-term alcoholism, delirium tremens may precede syndrome, and Wernicke syndrome often coexists with it.