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Per Andersen, Richard Morris, David Amaral, Tim Bliss, and John O'Keefe

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195100273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100273.001.0001

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Hippocampus and Human Disease

Hippocampus and Human Disease

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(p.769) 16 Hippocampus and Human Disease
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The Hippocampus Book
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Walker Matthew

Chan Dennis

Thom Maria

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100273.003.0016

This chapter focuses on two disorders in which the role of the hippocampus has been extensively investigated: Alzheimer's disease and temporal lobe epilepsy. Although in Alzheimer's disease the disease eventually results in widespread destruction of the cerebral cortex, the damage in the earliest stages of disease is restricted to the entorhinal cortex and the hippocampus, and the memory impairment that results from this disruption of the hippocampal formation represents one of the common characteristics of early onset Alzheimer's disease. In temporal lobe epilepsy, the pathological damage is often restricted to the hippocampus in the form of hippocampal sclerosis. However, unlike Alzheimer's disease, in which the hippocampal damage is secondary to the underlying pathological process, the hippocampus in temporal lobe epilepsy is not only sensitive to damage by seizure activity but can also act as the substrate for epileptic seizure generation.

Keywords:   Alzheimer's disease, temporal lobe epilepsy, pathological damage, hippocampal pathology, entorhinal cortex, memory impairment, hippocampal sclerosis

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