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November 1984

Transient Global Amnesia

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology Baylor College of Medicine Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center Houston, TX 77024

Arch Neurol. 1984;41(11):1130. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04050220024005

To the Editor.  —Suranyi1 recently noted that there are no reports of illegal activity during an episode of transient global amnesia (TGA) and he called for any examples of such behavior to determine if it could, in fact, occur. My own review also failed to identify any cases of criminal activity during TGA, but a recent patient is of interest in this regard.

Report of a Case.  —A 63-year-old man with no previous medical, neurologic, or psychiatric illness remembered hitching his camper to his truck one morning and then recalled nothing else until he awakened the next day. During that day, his wife reported he drove 250 miles without incident, once even stopping to help a motorist who had run out of gas. He seemed "preoccupied" and often repeated himself, but his wife never suspected anything was seriously wrong.After arriving that evening in a trailer park, the patient

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