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January 1992

Transient Unresponsiveness in the Elderly: Report of Five Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital—Cornell University Medical College, Manhasset, NY (Dr Haimovic), and the University of Rochester (NY) (Dr Beresford).

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(1):35-37. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530250039013

• Five hospitalized elderly patients had one or more self-limited episodes of unresponsiveness that could not be explained by metabolic, structural, convulsive, or psychiatric disorders. They accounted for approximately 2% of cases referred to us for evaluation of coma. Despite some heterogeneity, shared clinical features in these patients suggest an age-related disorder of arousal that may be more common than is generally appreciated.