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Cognitive impairment detectable on neuropsychological testing (anterograde amnesia and non-memory cognitive deficits) is small in magnitude and short-lasting. It is rarely of concern once the patient returns to society and work. What does worry people is the loss of former memories, including some old memories that are of personal importance (autobiographical and non-autobiographical retrograde amnesia).
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