Transient Global Amnesia: Memory Loss For A Day

12:11 AM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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Imagine suddenly forgetting what you're doing and where you are. You don't recognize your surroundings or what you did in the past moments.

And just like that, you're back to normal. It sounds bizarre and it is, but it's a real medical condition.

The condition is called, transient global amnesia.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford spoke to a neurologist from CornerStone Health Care about this phenomenon. Dr. Eric Moser has treated about ten patients with transient global amnesia or TGA. He knows it when he sees it because it's the same bizarre symptoms from patient to patient.

"During the event, I walk into the room and they don't know why they're here. They don't know how they got to the hospital. The family members will say Mom, Dad, I told you we're doing this and you can't remember," explained Dr. Moser.

Dr. Moser told News 2 it happens to roughly 5 in 100,000 people usually between the ages of 50-80. It happens in both males and females equally. Other than that, there's no clear evidence as to who might get TGA.

However, the neurologist said there are a few possible triggers. Sometimes this happens after physical activity or if someone is under intense stress. People with a history of migraines might also be more susceptible to TGA.

Dr. Moser explained that after about a day, the amnesia goes away. There are no long term effects and no treatment. He also said that most patients will never have another episode again.

Even though the condition is temporary, if you have symptoms that resemble TGA, you should call your doctor right away or go to the hospital. It's important to be sure you're not having a stroke or a seizure.

WFMY News 2

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