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International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2017, 5(1), 9-10
DOI: 10.12691/ijcen-5-1-3
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Transient Epileptic Amnesia: A Mystery of Human Memory, Are There Lessons to be Learned?

Nishant Tripathi1, and Niki Koirala2

1Hospitalist, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, Iowa

2PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, Iowa

Pub. Date: May 15, 2017

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Nishant Tripathi and Niki Koirala. Transient Epileptic Amnesia: A Mystery of Human Memory, Are There Lessons to be Learned?. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2017; 5(1):9-10. doi: 10.12691/ijcen-5-1-3


Transient epileptic amnesia (TEA) may be suspected in patients meeting all of the following criteria: 1) History of recurrent witnessed episodes of transient amnesia; 2) Cognitive functions, excluding memory, judged to be intact during typical episodes by a reliable witness; 3) Documented epilepsy. However, patients who lack a documented diagnosis of epilepsy, may meet the two previous criteria. Such rare and atypical cases, as the one described below, require high clinical suspicion for epilepsy, as well as TEA. Here we describe a rather intriguing case of TEA.

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