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What causes amnesia?

What causes amnesia?

Many causes: Causes can include everything from metabolic disorders (low thiamine leading to korsakoff's syndrome) to strokes in certain parts of the brain, to neurodegenerative disorders such as alzheimer's disease, to seizures among other causes. Psychological issues are also sometimes a factor if we don't want to remember something. To diagnose, need a complete neurological exam & sometimes tests. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


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What causes amnesia? Is there a cure?

What causes amnesia? Is there a cure?

Trauma: amnesia is usually caused by a severe blow to the head or by a significant emotional trauma. The cure would depend on the cause. ...Read more

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What medications are given before surgery to cause amnesia and sedation?

Versed: You want to know what medication your doctor of anesthesia will give you before surgery to help forget the surgery. Most likely the drug will be versed or midazolam. It has a rapid onset and can be repeated. Most patients then describe a memory lapse of the procedure itself. Make sure a family member accompanies you so you can get home, you can't drive yourself, and to remember the instruction. ...Read more

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Could anorexia + alcoholism cause amnesia?

Could anorexia + alcoholism cause amnesia?

Not sure about: anorexia but alcohol use can cause serious memory issues, even without overt alcoholism. Anorexia can cause multiple vitamin deficiencies, including thiamine, which is important in memory and cognitive function, which is worsened by alcohol. Alcohol in high doses, like in young adult bingeing, causes blackouts-which is an amnestic episode. Chronic alcoholism can cause dementia-Korsakoff's disease. ...Read more

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Can anesthesia cause amnesia after you leave the hospital?

Can anesthesia cause amnesia after you leave the hospital?

Yes but not for long: Amnesia is often an intentional effect desired by an anesthesiologist for a more pleasant patient experience. With shorter acting medicines, and quicker hospital discharges, the amnesic effect often continues after leaving the hospital. That said, the patient is told to stay home and rest. After a few hours, the amnesic effect, and other anesthesia effects should taper off. ...Read more

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Can high dose of opioid cause amnesia or memory impairment?

Can high dose of opioid cause amnesia or memory impairment?

Yes: A high dose typically impairs all mental functions, including memory. ...Read more

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Is IV klonopin (clonazepam) more likely to cause amnesia than oral route?

Klonopin (clonazepam) IV: Klonopin (clonazepam) is not available at least the United States in an IV form. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Gilson
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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is a condition where you are unable to remember new events (anterograde amnesia) and/or you ...Read more