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Transient epileptic amnesia (TEA) is a recently recognised syndrome of epilepsy in which the principle manifestation of seizures is recurrent episodes of isolated memory loss. In this article, we describe the clinical and cognitive profile of this emerging syndrome, and present new data that provide at most weak support for its proposed relationship to cerebrovascular disease. TEA is often associated with two unusual forms of interictal memory impairment: accelerated long-term forgetting and remote memory impairment. We discuss the clinical and theoretical implications of these relatively novel cognitive deficits.

Original publication




Journal article


Behav Neurol

Publication Date





299 - 305


Amnesia, Cerebrovascular Disorders, Epilepsy, Humans, Neuropsychological Tests, Risk Factors, Syndrome, Temporal Lobe