Amnesia

Definition   

Memory loss is defined as a loss of memory resulting from brain damage (disease or trauma) or severe emotional trauma.

Common causes   

Aging, Alzheimer’s disease, Neurodegenerative illness, Head trauma or injury , Hysteria often accompanied by confusion , Seizures ,General anesthetics such as halothane, isoflurane, and fentanyl , Alcoholism , Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)

What to expect   

The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
The medical history may need to be obtained by asking questions of the family and friends. Medical history questions documenting memory loss in detail may include: Amnesia

Physical examination may include a detailed neurological examination. Recent, intermediate, and long-term memory will be tested.

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: