Transient Global Amnesia in a Young Adult with Cyanotic Heart Disease

  • Ullrich N
  • Urion D
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Abstract

The etiology of transient global amnesia is poorly understood, particularly in children and young adults. Transient global amnesia may follow a wide range of precipitating events. Proposed causes have included vascular event, seizure, and migraine. A young man with cyanotic congenital heart disease experienced an episode of transient global amnesia in the setting of polycythemia. Differential diagnosis of acute confusional episodes in children should include transient global amnesia, as well as confusional migraine, and should include evaluation for underlying coagulation abnormalities and polycythemia. © 2003 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • adult
  • adulthood
  • anamnesis
  • article
  • case report
  • clinical examination
  • clinical feature
  • computer assisted tomography
  • cyanotic heart disease
  • disease course
  • electrocardiography
  • follow up
  • human
  • laboratory test
  • male
  • neurologic examination
  • nuclear magnetic resonance imaging
  • physical examination
  • polycythemia
  • priority journal
  • thorax radiography
  • transient global amnesia
  • transthoracic echocardiography

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  • N J Ullrich

  • D K Urion

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