Amnesia General Signs and Symptoms ::

  • amnesia may arise suddenly or slowly and may be temporary or permanent.
  • Amnesia—a disturbance in, or loss of, memory—may be classified as partial or complete and as anterograde or retrograde.
  • Organic (or true) amnesia results from temporal lobe dysfunction, and it characteristically spares patches of memory.
  • Depending on the cause, amnesia may arise suddenly or slowly and may be temporary or permanent.
  • A common symptom in patients with seizures or, Hysterical amnesia has a psychogenic origin and characteristically causes complete memory loss.
  • organic amnesia can also be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

Amnesia History and Physical Examination

  • Because the patient typically  isn’t aware of his amnesia, help to get information from his family or friends.
  • Test remote memory with such questions as “How old are you?” and “Where were you born?”
  • Ask when the amnesia first appeared and what types of things the patient is unable to remember ware of his amnesia,
  • patient’s general appearance, behavior, mood, and train of thought etc.
  • patient’s vital signs and assess his level of consciousness
  • motor function by having the patient move his arms and legs through their range of motion.

COMMON  and MAJOR CAUSES ASSOCIATED SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS ::

COMMON CAUSES MAJOR ASSOCIATED SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Agit Ataxia Confusion Decreased level of consciousness Diplopia Dizziness Emotional lability
ation
Alzheimer’s disease
Cerebral hypoxia
Head trauma
Herpes simplex encephalitis
Hysteria
Seizures
Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

 

COMMON CAUSES MAJOR ASSOCIATED SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Headache Nausea Paresthesia Vertigo Visual blurring Vomiting
Alzheimer’s disease 
Cerebral hypoxia
Head trauma
Herpes simplex encephalitis
Hysteria
Seizures
Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

 

 

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