Computed tomography findings in thiamine deficiency-induced coma

Andrea J. Swenson, Erik K. St. Louis

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Although brain magnetic resonance imaging is a more sensitive diagnostic tool in the evaluation of coma, noncontrast head computed tomography (CT) may demonstrate highly specific findings in some cases of coma. We present a case of thiamine deficiencyinduced coma associated with acute necrosis of fornices documented on CT and review cardinal neuroimaging features of Wernicke encephalopathy. Acute fornices necrosis is a novel finding on head CT suggestive of thiamine deficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalNeurocritical care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Coma
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Thiamine deficiency
  • Wernicke encephalopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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