Wernicke's encephalopathy after bariatric surgery

The TMLT claims and risk management departments have seen an alarming increase in the number of claims filed related to Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE) following bariatric surgery. Physicians who round on patients could be subjected to litigation if they do not order labs checking thiamine levels when a patient who has recently undergone bariatric or gastric surgery exhibits symptoms detailed in this risk alert. Specialties included in these claims are general surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and gastroenterology.
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