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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

DOI

10.3233/BEN-2011-0340

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behav Neurol

Publication Date

2011

Volume

24

Pages

299 - 305

Keywords

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