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Transient amnesia can be a form of epilepsy


Episodes of transient amnesia, which frequently occur on awakening and are associated with other memory problems, may be a symptom of a distinct type of epilepsy. A British team describes this condition they call transient epileptic amnesia; in a study published in the Annals of Neurology.

Dr. Adam Z. J. Zeman, of the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, and colleagues recruited 50 patients over an 18-month period who had recurrent episodes of amnesia that were witnessed by another person; otherwise intact mental functioning; and evidence suggesting epilepsy, including EEG abnormalities, response to anticonvulsant therapy; or clinical features, such as hallucinations involving the sense of smell.

SOURCE: Annals of Neurology, June 2007.

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