Korsakoff's psychosis


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Korsakoff's psychosis

(ˈkɔːsəkɒfs) or

Korsakoff's syndrome

n
(Psychology) a mental illness involving severe confusion and inability to retain recent memories, usually caused by alcoholism
[C19: named after Sergei Korsakoff (1854–1900), Russian neuropsychiatrist, who described it]
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Noun1.Korsakoff's psychosis - dementia observed during the last stages of severe chronic alcoholism; involves loss of memory for recent events although long term memory is intact
dementedness, dementia - mental deterioration of organic or functional origin
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The other neurological complications are the alcoholic peripheral neuropathy, alcoholic myopathy, Wernicke encephalopathy, combination of Wernicke encephalopathy with Korsakoff's psychosis.
Although rare, severe B1 deficiency can lead to beriberi, Wernicke's encephalopathy (confusion, ataxia, nystagmus), and Korsakoff's psychosis (confabulation, lack of insight, retrograde and anterograde amnesia, and apathy).
The most common effect is Korsakoff's psychosis, a form of pre-senile dementia manifested by amnesia and cognitive impairment.