A case of various neurological deficits caused by multi-vitamin deficiency associated with malabsorption syndrome after pancreatomy and small bowel resection

Juichi Fujimori, Shigeru Sato, Hiroyuki Kato, Maki Tateyama, Hiroshi Onodera, Yasuto Itoyama

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Abstract

A 34-year-old woman presented with walking difficulty and pain in the legs 3 years after several abdominal operations for pancreatic cancer and intestinal obstruction thereafter. Corneal erosion, loss of deep sensation in the legs, polyneuropathy, myopathy, and memory disturbance were recognized. Deficiency of multiple vitamins (A, B1, B6, D, E, K) was found. The diagnoses were vitamin A-deficient corneal erosion, vitamin K-deficient bleeding abnormality (asymptomatic), and the neurological deficits caused by vitamin E, B1, B6 and D deficiency. Although the vitamin supplement started 2 years after the onset of the neurological disease, both clinical and electrophysiological recovery was seen. She was unable to walk on admission, but became able to walk after vitamin E supplement. To our knowledge, this is the first report showing multi-vitamin deficiency causing extensive neurological, ophthalmological, and hematological deficits. Recognition of this condition would prevent the progression of potentially irreversible neurological disorders in patients with malabsorption syndrome after extensive abdominal surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-835
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Neurology
Volume39
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Aug
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Malabsorption syndrome
  • Myopathy
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Posterior column dysfunction
  • Vitamin deficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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