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   Amnesia
 
Definition:
Loss of memory sometimes including the memory of personal identity due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illnesses like Parkinson's disease.
 
Medical terms related to amnesia :
Amnesia, Forgetfulness, Long-Term Memory Loss, Loss of Memory, Short-Term Memory Loss, Sudden Memory Loss, Temporal Memory Loss, Agnosia
 
Common causes of amnesia: 
o Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
o Alzheimer's Disease
o Psychogenic Memory Loss
o Dementia
o Depression
o Drug Abuse
o Encephalitis and Meningitis
o Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder)
o Human Immunodeficiency Virus
o Parkinson's Disease
o Stroke
o Cerebrovascular disease
o Head trauma
o Thyroid disease
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Transient ischemic attack (TIA):
A brief episode of cerebral ischemia that is usually characterized by temporary blurring of vision, slurring of speech, numbness, paralysis, or syncope;called also Mini-stroke.
o Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Other Causes of amnesia:
o Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
o Brain Tumor (Cancer)
o Lewy body disease
o Malnutrition
o Medications
o Neurodegenerative diseases
o Neurosyphilis (Syphilis of the central nervous system)
o Normal pressure hydrocephalus
o Psychological/emotional disturbances
o Prolonged toxin exposure
o Sleep disorders
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Pick Disease:
A dementia marked by progressive impairment of intellect, judgment and transitory aphasia, and usually commencing in late middle age.
o Vitamin deficiencies
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Wilson's disease:
A hereditary disease that is characterized by the accumulation of copper in the body, e.g. in the liver, brain, or cornea.

 

Call your doctor if amnesia is accompanied by: 
Unexplained memory loss
 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Cerebral angiography
o CT scan or MRI of the head
o EEG
o Blood tests
o Psychometric tests
o Lumbar puncture
   
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