Case 18

Sarah Pendlebury, Ursula Schulz, Aneil Malhotra and Peter M. Rothwell

in Oxford Case Histories in TIA and Stroke

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Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199539345
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753251 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Case Histories

Case 18

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A 54-year-old previously fit woman was brought to the emergency department with sudden-onset memory loss. Her husband said that they had been at home when he had told her that it was time to leave for a prearranged appointment with friends, and she appeared to have forgotten about the appointment. He went to get ready, but on his return 5 minutes later his wife was still sitting where he had left her and had no memory of the conversation they had had 5 minutes earlier. In the emergency department, she repeatedly asked why she was in hospital and had no recollection of how she had got there. She was able to remember events up until the previous week and gave accurate biographical details. Her husband said that she had been very upset by an incident of vandalism in her garden the day before presentation. She was not taking any medication and had no prior medical history. Other than the memory disturbance, examination was unremarkable.

Chapter.  1588 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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