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© 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Transient epileptic amnesia (TEA) is a recently recognized syndrome of epilepsy in which the principal manifestation of seizures is recurrent episodes of isolated memory loss. These episodes are often associated with two unusual forms of more persistent memory impairment: accelerated long-term forgetting and remote memory impairment. TEA is clinically important as it is often misdiagnosed, is treatable, and its associated unrelenting forms of persistent memory impairment may help to explain the widespread but poorly understood memory difficulties experienced more generally among people with epilepsy. In this entry the authors describe the clinical and cognitive profile of this emerging syndrome, and its associated interictal memory deficits.

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Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences

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485 - 488