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Transient Global Amnesia

November 04, 2011  by: Dr. Simran Kaur  Points: 5   Category: Health    Views: 373

Transient global amnesia is due to a benign process similar to that causing a migraine aura, occurring in the hippocampus.


Transient global amnesia is a syndrome affecting predominantly middle aged patients in which there is an abrupt, discrete and reversible loss of short term memory function for a period of some hours.

During this time patients know who they are and can perform motor acts normally, but act in a bemused way, repeatedly asking the same questions. After four to six hours, memory functions and behavior return to normal but the patients is left with a period of time for which he or she has complete amnesia.

Transient global amnesia is due to a benign process similar to that causing a migraine aura, occurring in the hippocampus.


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