Wet beri-beri | definition of Wet beri-beri by Medical dictionary
beri-beri (redirected from Wet beri-beri)
thiamin deficiency A vitamin deficiency characterised by malnutrition, softened bones and mental depression, due to an absence of dietary thiamin. The clinical disease, beri-beri, is divided into a “wet” form, which causes congestive heart failure, and a “dry” form, which causes neurologic disease in the form of peripheral neuropathy and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
beri-beri Nutrition A disease caused by deficiency of thiamine–vitamin B1, which affects the heart–cardiac dilatation, fatty degeneration, peripheral nerves—myelinolysis and axonal degeneration, subcutaneous tissues–edema and vascular congestion and serosal linings–effusions Clinical Fatigue, apathy, irritability, depression, muscular atrophy, paresthesias, abdominal pain and if extreme, ↑ intracranial pressure and coma. See Shoshin beri-beri.
- Dry beri-beri
- Affects central and peripheral nervous systems Clinical, childrenPlethoric with pallor, hoarseness due to nerve paralysis, apathy, dyspnea, tachycardia, hepatomegaly
- Wet beri-beri
- More cardiocentric Clinical The afflicted children are malnourished with pallor, edema, tachycardia, dyspnea, renal failure, right-sided cardiac failure Treatment Thiamine-rich foods, eg milk, vegetables, cereals, fruits
beri-beri A deficiency disease caused by inadequate intake of vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and featuring widespread nerve degeneration with damage to the brain, spinal cord and heart. There is severe fatigue, loss of memory, irritability, insomnia, burning pain in the feet, foot drop, confusion and paralysis. In ‘wet’ there is damage to the heart muscle and widespread fluid retention in the tissues (OEDEMA).
beri-beri a human disease caused by vitamin B1 (THIAMINE) deficiency in which affected individuals suffer from wasting of muscles, paralysis, mental confusion and sometimes heart failure.