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What is transient global amnesia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Transient global amnesia is a temporary event in which your ability to recall where you are or what happened in the recent past completely disappears. You are still able to remember who you and who those around you are. Transient global amnesia is not connected to neurological conditions like strokes, and it usually comes on suddenly and disappears just as quickly. Transient global amnesia is rare and the temporary memory loss is harmless.

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