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[Laparoscopic Gastrostomy for a Patient with Wernicke's Encephalopathy after Gastrectomy--A Case Report with a Literature Review].

Arita, Tomohiro; Komatsu, Shuhei; Kosuga, Toshiyuki; Konishi, Hirotaka; Morimura, Ryo; Murayama, Yasutoshi; Kuriu, Yoshiaki; Shiozaki, Atsushi; Ikoma, Hisashi; Nakanishi, Masayoshi; Ichikawa, Daisuke; Okamoto, Kazuma; Otsuji, Eigo.
Gan To Kagaku Ryoho; 42(12): 2037-9, 2015 Nov.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26805256
Wernicke's encephalopathy is usually related to alcoholism, malnutrition, or hyperemesis gravidarum. We report a case of Wernicke's encephalopathy after distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer. A 58-year-old man underwent distal gastrectomy with Billroth Ⅰreconstruction for early gastric cancer. Nine months later, he developed anorexia and vomiting for a few days. Brain MRI showed no significant findings, and he resumed ingestion 5 days after admission. On the 8th day of hospitalization, dysphagia suddenly developed and brain MRI indicated Wernicke's encephalopathy. Vitamin B1 was immediately injected, and neurological symptoms gradually improved. However, dysphagia did not adequately improve, leading to severe aspiration pneumonitis. Laparoscopic gastrostomy was performed for aspiration of the stomach contents and initiation of enteral nutrition. After gastrostomy, the patient made good progress and was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. We should recognize that gastrectomy can cause Wernicke's encephalopathy.
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