Transient global amnesia in the district general hospital

Int J Clin Pract. 2007 Feb;61(2):255-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2006.00897.x.


Cases of transient global amnesia (TGA) seen by one consultant neurologist over a 4-year period (2002-2005 inclusive) were identified. Of 10 possible cases, eight fulfilled suggested diagnostic criteria. Five cases were seen as ward consultations, three in outpatient clinics; seven were seen in district general hospitals. Six of the eight cases had already been seen by hospital physicians, whose working diagnoses included stroke/TIA and epilepsy. In some cases, this had resulted in inappropriate investigation, treatment and advice. Although rare, TGA is a diagnosis both hospital physicians and general practitioners need to be aware of in order to avoid potential pitfalls. The critical importance of collateral history in reaching the diagnosis is emphasised.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Amnesia, Transient Global / diagnosis*
  • Amnesia, Transient Global / etiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, District
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies