All About Thiamine (B1) and Thiamine Deficiency
Multiple studies have linked thiamine deficiency and delirium. Delirium is a serious condition that results in confusion, reduced awareness and the inability to think clearly. In severe cases, thiamine deficiency can cause Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which involves two types of closely related brain damage. It’s symptoms often include delirium, memory loss, confusion and hallucinations. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is often associated with thiamine deficiency caused by alcohol abuse. However, thiamine deficiency is also common in elderly patients and may contribute to the occurrence of delirium.