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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2014, Article ID 482136, 3 pages
Case Report

Unusual Presentation of Uncommon Disease: Anorexia Nervosa Presenting as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome—A Case Report from Southeast Asia

1Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
2M.B.B.S, GMC Srinagar, Kashmir, India
3Department of Radiology, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
4Department of Prosthodontics, GDC Srinagar, Kashmir, India
5M.B.B.S, ASCOMS, Jammu, India

Received 12 January 2014; Revised 26 April 2014; Accepted 2 May 2014; Published 22 May 2014

Academic Editor: Toshiya Inada

Copyright © 2014 Raheel Mushtaq et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Anorexia nervosa presenting as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is rare. The causes of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome are multiple like alcohol abuse, thyrotoxicosis, haemodialysis, severe malnutrition because of gastric carcinoma and pyloric obstruction, hyperemesis gravidarum, and prolonged parenteral feeding. We report a case of anorexia nervosa, who presented with Wernicke's encephalopathy and progressed to Korsakoff's syndrome. Knowledge, awareness, and early intervention of anorexia nervosa by mental health professionals can prevent development of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.