A Rare Case of Exercise-Induced Transient Global Amnesia as an Exclusive Presenting Symptom of Hippocampus Infarct


Far West


MountainView Hospital

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Case Report

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amnesia, anterograde amnesia, cognitive decline, diffusion-weighted image (dwi), hippocampus, memory loss, mri, sports medicine, transient global amnesia, transient ischemic attacks


Internal Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nervous System Diseases


Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a rare condition characterized by a temporary loss of the ability to form new memories. Retrograde episodic memory loss may also occur but to a lesser extent. Although TGA is generally benign, its sudden onset and similarity to more dangerous conditions like transient ischemic attack (TIA) or cerebral vascular accident (CVA) can be concerning. We present the case of a 70-year-old female who experienced confusion and general memory loss after a vigorous workout on her stationary exercise bike. After displaying considerable amnestic symptoms, she was admitted to the hospital for further medical attention and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that concluded a TGA diagnosis. This case report aims to investigate the prognosis associated with risk factors and refine the diagnostic criteria of TGA. We explore whether TGA caused by exercise, leading to unilateral or bilateral hippocampal lesions, is linked to cognitive decline. It is not yet clear if the development of TGA with unilateral infarct or bilateral hippocampal lesions results in different clinical presentations or varying prognoses. Further research is needed to determine the long-term risks of cognitive decline associated with resulting infarcts and clinical presentations.

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