How to forget a "traumatic" experience: a case report of transient global amnesia after nasopharyngeal swab for Coronavirus disease 19

Sabrina Ravaglia, Antonio Zito, Lara Ahmad, Isabella Canavero

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a clinical syndrome characterized by a temporary short-term memory loss with inability to retain new memories, usually lasting 2 to 8 h. TGA may be related to several medical procedures, including angiography, general anesthesia, gastroscopy.

CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 58-year-old woman who experiencing TGA one hour after the execution of her first-time nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19. Brain MRI showed a typical punctate Diffusion Weight Image (DWI) hippocampal lesion.

CONCLUSIONS: This is the first report of TGA after the execution of nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19. This association lengthen the list of medical procedures associated with TGA, and we discuss the possible plausible mechanisms by which a nasopharyngeal swab could trigger TGA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266
JournalBMC Neurol.
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 5 2021

Keywords

  • Amnesia, Transient Global/diagnosis
  • COVID-19/diagnosis
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasopharynx/virology
  • Specimen Handling/adverse effects

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