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Previous Head Injury and Memory Loss

In October of 2009 my son suffered what we believe was a seizure related to Benign Focal Epilepsy. He fell when he had the seizure and suffered a severe concussion causing memory loss.  It took almost a month for him to be able to function and remember things.  

He suffered seizure like symptoms again in September 2013 while serving in basic training US Army.  He was promptly given a medical release

He is suffering from short term memory loss.  He cannot remember what he went into the next room for.  He forgets names of his professors.  What could be causing this?  He is not wanting to see the doctor.  Is there something that can be done?  medication? therapy?
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Hi!
I am sorry to hear about your son’s medical problems. In all probability your son suffers from anterograde amnesia where a person has problems in converting a short term memory into a long term one. This is seen following stroke, cerebrovascular events, head trauma, brain surgery, severe malnutrition, in long-term alcoholism, Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, and major traumas. Anterograde amnesia is usually seen when the medial temporal lobe and medial diencephalon areas of the brain are affected. Since the causes of this type of amnesia result in loss of nerves, anterograde amnesia can't be treated with medications. However, your son can be taught ways to organize his daily schedule so that he does not forget things, he can carry notes, he can use sticky notes, he can repeat things in his mind etc. Support from family and friends is also crucial in treatment. Please consult your doctor regarding this. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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