Beriberi

Updated: Jun 14, 2021



Symptoms of dry beriberi include:


•    Difficulty walking •    Loss of feeling (sensation) in hands and feet •    Loss of muscle function or paralysis of the lower legs •    Mental confusion/speech difficulties •    Pain •    Strange eye movements (nystagmus) •    Tingling •    Vomiting

Symptoms of wet beriberi include:

•    Awakening at night short of breath •    Increased heart rate •    Shortness of breath with activity •    Swelling of the lower legs


Exams and Tests


A physical examination may show signs of congestive heart failure, including:


•    Difficulty breathing with neck veins that stick out •    Enlarged heart •    Fluid in the lungs •    Rapid heartbeat •    Swelling in both lower legs

A person with late-stage beriberi may be confused or have memory loss and delusions. The person may be less able to sense vibrations.

A neurological exam may show signs of:

•    Changes in the walk •    Coordination problems •    Decreased reflexes •    Drooping of the eyelids


Please note: we are not doctors. If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition, please consult your medical doctor for advice. We do, however, urge you to see a doctor who understands nutrition’s role in resolving this condition.

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