Coronavirus: Strokes, Swelling, and Nerve Damage
According to a new study, complications in the brain due to a coronavirus infection are more common than initially thought. Coronavirus disease can cause potentially fatal brain complications including stroke even in mild infections than initially thought according to a British-led team of doctors.
Coronavirus infections are known to cause neurological complications, but research from University College London suggests that even mild infections can cause serious brain complications that can cause brain damage or even potentially death.
The British-led team of doctors investigated the neurological symptoms of 43 patients in the hospital who either had confirmed coronavirus infections or suspected coronavirus infections. They discovered ten cases of reversible brain dysfunction, twelve cases of brain inflammation, eight strokes, and eight cases of nerve damage.
The majority of patients with inflammation end up with a rare autoimmune condition usually seen in children after a viral infection called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (“ADEM”).
“We identified a higher than expected number of people with neurological conditions such as brain inflammation, which did not always correlate with the severity of respiratory symptoms,” said Dr Michael Zandi, of UCL’s Queen Square Institute of Neurology and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
However, COVID-19 does not directly attack the brain. According to medical journal Brain, none of the patients diagnosed with neurological problems had Covid-19 in their cerebrospinal fluid.
Additionally, the British-led medical team discovered that the ADEM diagnosis are “not related to the severity of the respiratory Covid-19 disease” which sugests that brain damage can occur even for seemingly mild cases of COVID.
“Given that the disease has only been around for a matter of months, we might not yet know what long-term damage Covid-19 can cause,” said Ross Paterson from UCL’s Queen Square Institute of Neurology.
“Doctors need to be aware of possible neurological effects, as early diagnosis can improve patient outcomes.”
Currently there are more than 12 million infections worldwide; COVID is known to cause a variety of health complications in addition to lung damage.
COVID-19 symptoms can last months
Some patients have been suffering COVID-19 symptoms for as long as six months after “recovery”. These patients have nicknamed themselves the “longer-haulers” or simply survivors.
Thousands of people are feeling ill for weeks and even years, and now it’s clear that COVID-19 has far more symptoms than initially thought.
Dr Jenny Judge, a British forensic psychiatrist, was infected in March and began showing symptoms of fever, cough, headache, and breathing problems. She also had other symptoms that would come in waves: a racing heart, rashes, and ulcerated toes. Dr Judge even experienced temporary symptoms of delirium and thought her dogs were talking to her.
“Now I am going through a belly phase,” she said, referring to intestinal problems that the virus can also cause such as diarrhea.
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, a study of 143 patients who recovered from COVID-19, found that 87 percent were still suffering from at least one symptom of the disease. Fatigue and breathing difficulty were the most common cited symptoms.
Additionally the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey of 350 patients, which found that around 60 percent inpatients and about 33% of outpatients were not back to full health 14 to 21 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
Wearing a mask is critical
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