Anesth Pain Med.  2008 Jan;3(1):75-77.

Experience of Transient Global Amnesia after General Anesthesia : A case report

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. yowooc@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Transient global amnesia is characterized by a sudden memory loss of recent and/or remote events and transient inability to acquire new knowledge. Although mostly followed by complete recovery within a day, this rare and unexpected event in recovery phase after general anesthesia should be embarrassing and confusing, so we must proceed with prompt differential diagnosis for other organic intracranial pathology including transient ischemic attack and go on close observation. We describe a case of transient global amnesia of a 66-year-old woman after general anesthesia for excision and biopsy of left neck mass.

Keyword

general anesthesia; recovery period; transient global amnesia

MeSH Terms

Aged
Amnesia
Amnesia, Transient Global
Anesthesia, General
Biopsy
Diagnosis, Differential
Female
Humans
Ischemic Attack, Transient
Memory Disorders
Neck
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