Cranial Nerve degeneration

KD diment.kieren at aarrggh.strath.ac.uk
Thu Aug 6 12:12:15 EST 1998


On 6 Aug 1998 12:56:12 GMT, didier at calypso.isr.umd.edu (Didier A.
Depireux) wrote:

>In article <6qb6hv$nmq$1 at news.interlog.com>, Yitzchok Dukesz wrote:
>
>>It is her impression that while her neurologist is competent, she is not
>>'doing enough' to research this rare disease and exchange information with
>>other specialists in different centers across the world.
>
>I am not an MD, but I know (and you probably know too) that Thiamine (B1)
>deficiency leads to cranial nerve weakness (laryngeal, face & tongue). Could
>that be why the scans look normal? Other specific vectors can cause cranial
>nerve degeneration, such as certain types of tuberculosis-related critters. 
>
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>
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You would also expect to see cognitive impairmant - encoding of short
term memory to long term memory and some frontal signs if this was the
case.  In addition, I I suspect that brain scans would not be normal
if thyamine deficiency was the case.

Kieren



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