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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry doi:10.1136/jnnp-2012-304542
  • Neurological picture

Transient global amnesia associated with bilateral restricted diffusion in the lateral hippocampus

  1. Peter Malcolm Rothwell
  1. Stroke Prevention Research Unit, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alastair John Webb, Stroke Prevention Research Unit, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK; alastair.webb{at}ndcn.ox.ac.uk
  • Received 7 November 2012
  • Revised 7 December 2012
  • Accepted 27 December 2012
  • Published Online First 5 February 2013

A 48-year-old man with no significant cardiovascular risk factors developed 3 h of severe anterograde and mild retrograde amnesia, repeatedly asking ‘Is this my coat?’ on emerging shivering from the (cold) English Channel. No other focal neurological symptoms were seen and by the time he reached the emergency department, he had fully recovered, had a normal neurological examination and did not recall the event. He had a past history of gout …

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