What is Korsakoff Disease
Korsakoff's disease is a brain disorder which is named after Sergei Korsakoff (1854-1900), a Russian neurologist who first described the disease.
It arises from a dietary deficiency of thiamin (Vitamin B-1), which the body uses to convert carbohydrates into energy.
Cause of Korsakoff syndrome
Over time, thiamin deficiency can cause damage to several brain areas critical for memory: including the thalamus, mammillary bodies and basal forebrain. In rare cases, this damage culminates in Korsakoff's disease.
by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain