Transient global amnesia heralding basilar artery thrombosis

Robert A. Taylor, Gregory F. Wu, Robert W. Hurst, Scott E. Kasner, Brett L. Cucchiara

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Abstract

The cause of transient global amnesia (TGA) remains controversial. Focal cerebral ischemia, seizure, venous congestion, and migraine have all been proposed as underlying mechanisms. We describe a patient presenting with typical TGA who two days later developed a posterior circulation stroke due to basilar artery occlusion. He was treated successfully with intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy. Shortly thereafter, he had recurrent basilar artery thrombosis and jugular vein thrombosis, and was found to have a mucinous adenocarcinoma believed to be causing a hypercoagulable state. We believe this case supports the hypothesis that TGA can on occasion be caused by cerebral ischemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-62
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Volume108
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Basilar thrombosis
  • Posterior circulation stroke
  • Stroke
  • Transient global amnesia

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