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Is amnesia a common condition?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Amnesia is not a common condition. Amnesia most often results from damage to the brain in the areas of memory. Transient global amnesia and Wernicke-Karsokoff syndrome are very rare, whereas amnesia from brain injury is a bit more common. If you suffer from conditions that make stroke, brain tumors, or respiratory problems more likely, you may be at higher risk of developing amnesia.

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