Severe Amnesia After Hypoglycemia: Clinical, Psychometric, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Correlations

  1. Ian W Campbell, FRCPEd
  1. Department of Medicine, Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy Department of Clinical Psychology, Stratheden Hospital Cupar, Fife Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Unit, University of Edinburgh, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. I.W. Campbell, Medical Unit, Victoria Hospital, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY2 5AH UK.


Objective To determine the correlation between clinical, psychometric, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings after an episode of hypoglycemic coma resulting in amnesia.

Research Design and Methods Detailed psychometric assessment, especially memory testing, performed with MRI in a man with severe amnesia after hypoglycemic coma.

Results Psychometric testing confirmed impaired immediate recall. MRI findings were consistent with a lesion in the left temporal lobe.

Conclusions This is the first description of MRI in determining the neurological damage in hypoglycemic coma.

  • Received October 30, 1990.
  • Accepted April 19, 1991.
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