Epilepsy presenting as memory disturbances

Epilepsia. 1988 Sep-Oct;29(5):624-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1988.tb03772.x.


Six patients presented with severe adult-onset memory deficit that was subsequently diagnosed as complex partial epilepsy. In three cases acute amnestic episodes also occurred. The seizures were characterized by short losses of contact and oral automatisms. Interictal EEG showed temporal abnormalities of varying degrees. Formal neuropsychological assessment revealed dissociation between the subjective complaint and the test performances that showed a selective impairment in a few long-term verbal memory tests. These patients present a characteristic clinical picture of memory disturbance as the prominent feature of partial seizures.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Epilepsy / complications
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Memory Disorders / etiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests