infantile beriberi

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Infantile beriberi occurs in the breast-fed infants of a woman who has low thiamine stores. The usual age of onset is 3 months.

The clinical features are:

  • anorexia
  • oedema
  • tachycardia
  • tachypnoea

There is a fatal outcome unless treatment is initiated rapidly.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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