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Pellagra Encephalopathy in the Context of Alcoholism: Review and Case Report.
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PMID:  23926211     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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AIMS: The aim of the study was to review and describe the Alcoholic Pellagra Encephalopathy, a severe neuropsychiatric condition caused by a combination of niacin (vitamin B3) deficiency and alcohol abuse.
METHODS: PsychInfo, Medline and Embase databases were searched for peer-reviewed studies addressing this illness.
RESULTS: A historical and conceptual review of the psychopathological aspects of this condition is offered, followed by the report of a patient with a history of chronic alcohol consumption showing signs of pellagra, delusions and visual hallucinations, which was treated successfully with niacin.
CONCLUSION: Pellagra encephalopathy should still be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute psychotic disorders seen in the context of chronic alcoholism.
Authors:
Marta López; José M Olivares; German E Berrios
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-8-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1464-3502     ISO Abbreviation:  Alcohol Alcohol.     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-8-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8310684     Medline TA:  Alcohol Alcohol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo, Vigo, Spain.
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