Diagnosis of Amnesia

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Diagnosis of Amnesia

There are no specific laboratory tests or any physical parameter that must be met with to confirm amnesia.

Amnesia diagnosis is carried out by using the following methods:

  • In diagnosing amnesia and its cause, doctors look at several factors.
  • Physical examination - Doctor takes down details regarding recent illnesses or traumas and history of medications. The doctor also evaluates the patient's general health to assess the cause leading to amnesia.
  • Neuro- psychological examination are sophisticated psychological tests conducted to determine the degree of amnesia and the extent to which it affects the person’s memory.
Neuropsychological Test Helps Diagnose Amnesia

If there is an underlying illness that contributes to memory loss the patient must be referred to a physician or a neurologist.(4)

Reference:

  1. United states of amnesia: rescuing memory loss from diverse conditions - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5992608/)
  2. Amnesia - An Overview - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesia#Types)
  3. What Causes Amnesia? - (https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/amnesia)
  4. Amnesia / Memory Loss - (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/amnesia)
  5. Amnesia - Health Library - (https://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=917219)

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In the fall of 2009 I woke up in Cozumel with no memory of how I got there. I remembered planning the trip for our 30th wedding anniversary. However could not recall driving to the airport, the flight, layover, Etc... Needless to say My Wife was very concerned. After a while we assumed that the tequilla sunrise we may have been tainted [My Wife hardly touched hers]. Skip ahead to the summer of 2010. grand mal seizure upon awakening from a mid afternoon nap. Paramedics medevaced to Hospital. MRI, EEG, EKG, ETC... No abnormamities found. Since then. numerous nocturnal petit mal seizures. Doctors keep increasing dosage of Keppra. Early memories of childhood, adolescence, early adulthood appear to be intact. However, short term memory of people and places are vague to non-existent. I have been noticing a lot of chatter about bilirubin build up in brain. I want my memory back!

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