Risk Management Pitfalls For Transient Global Amnesia
“She has a history of repeated memory loss that began 3 hours ago, and did not report any neurologic deficits. I assumed this episode was TGA. I performed my usual neurologic examination because I felt comfortable, based on history, that the patient had TGA.”
In cases of suspected TGA, an especially thorough neurologic examination is essential, as the presence of even mild neurologic deficits may be the only indication of a rare stroke syndrome presenting with amnesia as the most conspicuous feature. In cases in which rare stroke syndromes have been mistaken for TGA, the vast majority of patients exhibited subtle neurologic deficits that a cursory neurologic examination might have missed.
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