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Long-term forgetting in temporal lobe epilepsy: Is this phenomenon a norm?

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Israel Contador, Abraham Sánchez, Michael D. Kopelman, Jesús González de la Aleja

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-32
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Volume77
Early online date2 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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Abstract

Objectives
This research investigated forgetting rates of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) at brief and longer intervals.

Methods
The sample is formed by 5 patients with TLE and 10 healthy individuals. One of the patients received the diagnosis of transient epileptic amnesia (TEA). All patients underwent a standardized clinical protocol for diagnosis including a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment. In addition, two experimental tasks were used to assess the forgetting rates at 4 intervals (30 s, 10 min, 1 day, and 1 week): a story task to evaluate verbal cued recall and a route task to assess visuospatial cued recall.

Results
There were no significant differences between groups in forgetting rates.

Conclusions
These findings suggest that forgetting patterns in patients with TLE may be heterogeneous, and the presence of accelerated long-term forgetting is not universal.

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