Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in chronic alcoholism with acute psychiatric symptoms.

Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2010 Jul-Aug;32(4):447.e3-5. Epub  2009 Dec 16.


Department of Psychiatry, Osaka General Medical Center, Osaka 558-8558, Japan.



To highlight the association between posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) and chronic alcoholism.


We present a case report, a review of the literature and a discussion.


We report on the case of a 51-year-old man with chronic alcoholism, who suddenly developed visual disturbance and confusion. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on admission demonstrated abnormal findings. However, clinical symptoms and imaging promptly improved, indicating the diagnosis of PRES.


PRES should be considered when making a diagnosis for disturbed consciousness in alcoholic patients.

Copyright  2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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