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Amnesia Transient Overview

Another name for Amnesia Transient is Transient Global Amnesia.

What is transient global amnesia?
A person with transient global amnesia has a temporary loss of recent memory. The past memory is intact, but the person is unable to recall recent events, and is unable to remember new information. Transient global amnesia usually lasts less than 24 hours. The cause for transient global amnesia is unknown. It is most common in those who are over the age of 50.

What are the symptoms of transient global amnesia?
Symptoms of transient global amnesia include the inability to remember recent events or new information, as well as anxiousness. The person asks the same questions, over and over.

How does the doctor treat transient global amnesia?
Transient global amnesia does not require treatment. Transient global amnesia resolves within 48 hours, without treatment.

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Last Updated: Oct 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Amnesia Transient References
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