Loss of Short Term Memory

Head | Neurology | Loss of Short Term Memory (Symptom)


The short-term memory, or is called working memory, is the portion of the brain that stores the thoughts and images that are recent and not necessarily qualify for long term storage. The information that goes in the short-term memory is usually more accessible than the long-term memory.


There are many issues that can lead to short-term memory loss including: cerebral trauma, alcoholism, drug abuse, aging, seizures, among others.

Among the symptoms found with the loss of short-term memory is the inability to remember what happened an hour ago. Very often the loss of short-term memory is short lived and the patient will have his memory back after a short period of time.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Tests used to diagnose short-term memory loss include: CT scan or MRI of the head, EEG, blood tests for specific diseases that are suspected (such as low vitamin B12 or thyroid disease), cognitive tests (psychometric tests), lumbar puncture, cerebral angiography,

A person with memory loss needs a lot of support. It helps to show them familiar objects, music, or photos. Cognitive therapy, usually through a speech/language therapist, may be helpful for mild to moderate memory loss.


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