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How is amnesia diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

To diagnose amnesia, your doctor must first rule out other causes of memory loss like Alzheimer's disease or a brain tumor. Blood tests will test for malnutrition and infection that might influence memory, as in Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. The doctor will try to determine how severe your loss of memory is and take a thorough medical history by interviewing family members and friends. The doctor may also examine your brain through a CT, MRI and EEG test to check for abnormalities.

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