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Mental Status Exam

Anterograde Memory



The ability form new memories after significant brain injury or psycho-trauma.
  • How to Assess

  • Ask the patient to remember three words (colour, animal, object) and ask them to repeat them in five minutes.
  • Causes of Amnesia

  • Intracranial - stroke, trauma, tumour, infection, epilepsy, degenerative disease
  • Substances - intoxication, withdrawal, Korsakoff’s
  • Psychiatric - schizophrenia, psychogenic amnesia
  • Insufficiency - liver, heart, kidneys
  • Hypoxia / anoxia
  • Malingering
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