Influenza-associated global amnesia and hippocampal imaging abnormality

Jonathan Lopez, Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, Gayle K. Deutsch, Geoffrey A. Kerchner, Anita Koshy

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The acute phase of influenza infection is rarely associated with significant cognitive dysfunction. We describe a case of a 24 year-old man who developed global amnesia in the acute phase of influenza A infection. His deficits resolved over the course of several weeks. Transient abnormalities of diffusion and T2-weighted imaging were seen in the bilateral hippocampi. We review cerebral complications of influenza and discuss the possible role of previously proposed mechanisms in our patient's case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-451
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Amnesia
  • Diffusion-weighted imaging
  • Hippocampus
  • Influenza
  • Influenza-associated encephalopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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