Changes in retrograde memory following temporal lobectomy

Suncica Lah*, Teresa Lee, Sandra Grayson, Laurie Miller

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Extensive retrograde memory deficits have been detected in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and in patients who have undergone temporal lobectomy (TL). To date, no group study has used a prospective longitudinal design. We assessed memory for public and autobiographical facts and events in patients (n = 15) with focal left- or right-sided TLE before and after TL using a battery of tests that covered the life span. Patients who underwent TL demonstrated material-specific memory decline in retrograde memory. Left TL was associated with a significant drop in recall of famous people's names. Patients who underwent right TL exhibited a significant decline in the recall of autobiographical events from across the life span. Our study indicates for the first time that TL is associated with a risk of mild, material-specific retrograde memory decline. Verifications with a larger sample size and other measures of remote memory are needed. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-396
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Autobiographical memory
  • Brain lesion
  • Neurosurgical outcome
  • Semantic memory

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