Transient global amnesia as a manifestation of Epstein-Barr virus encephalitis

J Neurol. 1983;229(2):125-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00313452.


A 43-year-old man developed severe global amnesia with uncinate fits and a single generalised convulsion 10 days after a febrile infection. CSF pleocytosis and serological findings indicated an acute Epstein-Barr virus encephalitis. All of the symptoms cleared within 2 weeks except for occasional generalised seizures. This seems to be the first observation of Epstein-Barr virus encephalitis presenting predominantly as transient global amnesia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amnesia / etiology*
  • Encephalitis / complications*
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human
  • Humans
  • Male