A Teenager with Acute Anterograde Amnesia

Jennifer A. Hoffmann*, Michael P. Goldman, Richard G. Bachur

*Corresponding author for this work

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Isolated amnesia is an uncommon presenting complaint in the pediatric age group. We report the case of an 18-year-old woman who presented with the acute onset of memory difficulty and an otherwise normal neurologic examination. Brain magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated inflammation in the bilateral temporal lobes. Serum and cerebrospinal fluid testing ultimately revealed a diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis. Although rare, the acute onset of isolated amnesia deserves a prompt, comprehensive evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e295-e297
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • amnesia
  • autoimmune encephalitis
  • memory loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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