ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 437.7

Transient global amnesia

Diagnosis Code 437.7

ICD-9: 437.7
Short Description: Transient global amnesia
Long Description: Transient global amnesia
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 437.7

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the circulatory system
    • Cerebrovascular disease (430-438)
      • 437 Other and ill-defined cerebrovascular disease

Information for Patients


Your mind works a lot like a computer. Your brain puts information it judges to be important into "files." When you remember something, you pull up a file. Memory doesn't always work perfectly. As people grow older, it may take longer to retrieve those files. Some adults joke about having a "senior moment."

It's normal to forget things once in awhile. We've all forgotten a name, where we put our keys, or if we locked the front door. Seniors who forget things more often than others their age may have mild cognitive impairment. Forgetting how to use the telephone or find your way home may be signs of a more serious problem. These include Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, stroke, depression, head injuries, thyroid problems, or reactions to certain medicines. If you're worried about your forgetfulness, see your doctor.

NIH: National Institute on Aging

  • Memory loss
  • Mental status testing
  • Remembering tips

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