Harold Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Eleven cases of transient global amnesia were studied with follow-up periods varying from 2 months to 18 years. In addition to neurological examination, EEG's were done on all; three patients showed abnormal results. The semeiology was found to be stereotyped, diagnosis easy. Although considered rare, many instances are probably mislabeled hysterical fugue states.
Transient global amnesia is a readily recognizable entity, characterized by sudden spontaneous onset of amnesia, with preservation of consciousness and self-identity. The patient is keenly aware of his defect, struggles to regain his memory and reconstruct the mnemic points of reference. Remote memory is preserved, neurological examination
Stevens H. Transient Global Amnesia.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:830. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-830_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):830.
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