Causes of Amnesia
The most important factors causing amnesia are:
- Alcohol/malnutrition - In Wernicke- Korsakoff syndrome, the memory centers of the brain are damaged due to excessive use of alcohol, or malnutrition, depriving the brain cells of vital nutrients.
- Infections - Encephalitis and herpes induce brain tissue damage that could result in amnesia.
- Psychological - Amnesia can be caused by psychological factors when it is referred to as psychogenic.
- Injury - Amnesia is most commonly associated with brain damage through injury caused by an accident, fall or a blow to the head.
- Age - Degeneration of brain cells in dementia is another major cause for amnesia. As in physical injury, the brain cells that are damaged in a dementia patient cannot be replaced.
- stroke - Memory loss can be brought about by stroke which results in impairment of brain cells in regions associated with memory loss.(3✔)
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