What is the diagnosis of beriberi?


To start a clinical treatment of beriberi, the diagnosis of beriberi is most important and preliminary aspect. Erythrocyte transketolase activity in the peripheral blood is measured. There is not practical way to determine the concentration of thiamine level and thiamine deficiency in the body.

The vitamin B1 is not a poisonous vitamin but its concentration in a body should be administered prior to the onset of beriberi symptoms. Physical examination of beriberi diagnosis includes some signs of beriberi i.e.

  • Fluid present in lungs
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Swelling in lower legs
  • Heart enlargement
  • Breathing difficulty

Individual having late-stage beriberi disease may have a memory loss and cannot sense a vibration sound.  Neurological exam shows some signs of:

  • Problem in coordination
  • Decreased reflexes
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Changes in walk

The tests necessary for the diagnosis of thiamine level in a body are:

  • Urine test, which will determine any amount of thiamine passing through urine
  • Blood tests, that determine the thiamine amount in the blood

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