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.
- Diffusion-weighted imaging
- Influenza-associated encephalopathy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)