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What causes short term memory loss and blackouts?

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Dr. Neeraj Kumar


Practicing since :2006

Answered : 2263 Questions

Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 in Brain and Spine
Question: Likely causes for short term memory loss, blackouts for about a 1/2 hour. Begin with migraine symtoms and a strange smell? Was able to drive home, but don't remember doing so.
Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Provide investigation and get evaluated as advised

Detailed Answer:
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
You are having symptoms suggestive of transient global amnesia believed to be due to vascular compromise.
You need to get cardiac assessment like ecg, 2D Echo.
Mri with MR angiography of brain may be required.
Eeg may be required too.
Take adequate fluids and maintain blood pressure.
Migraine at this age is less likely, though in some cases it may present with amnesia.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further queries.
Dr N Kumar
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