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Transient topographical amnesia

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A woman experienced three isolated episodesof loss of topographical memory without overt etiology. A rare form of selective non verbal transient annesia, similar to the more common transient global amnesia, is postulated


Viene riportato il caso di una paziente che ha presentato tre episodi di perdita transitoria della memoria topografica, senza una chiara eziologia. Si ipotizza una rara forma di amnesia transitoria selettiva non verbale, analoga alla più comune amnesia globale transitoria.

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Stracciari, A. Transient topographical amnesia. Ital J Neuro Sci 13, 593–596 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02233403

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Key Words

  • Amnesia
  • topographical memory
  • transient global amnesia