Neurological complications after suffering the COVID-19 appear even in cases where the symptoms of the disease are recognized as weak. It is the conclusion reached by the experts from the Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts. It turns out that the coronavirus can lead to a wide range of complications. Among them are stroke, seizures, musculoskeletal disorders, and inflammatory processes.
Pria Anand said that in one of the hospitals, patients with neurological symptoms with the COVID-19 were studied. And they found many complications, but most of the patients did not require intensive care.
It suggests that neurological complications may be common in people with moderate COVID-19 as well as in people with severe disease. The study involved 74 people. Between April 15 and July 1 of the year, they had a confirmed virus test. They were examined for the neurological complications and it turned out that 37 people had a history of neurological diseases.
At the time of hospitalization, 18 patients had a stroke, 15 had seizures, and 26 had brain dysfunctions with manifestation of confusion and delirium. 7 patients had movement disorders, 5 had short muscle twitching.
One person had signs of developing autoimmune encephalitis, a rare, complex disease in which the immune system attacks itself, but these symptoms improved after the person received corticosteroids. In the hospital, 10 people died.
Those who survived and were discharged had a moderate degree of disability compared to mild disability prior to hospitalization. Three of them required constant medical care, and five were admitted to hospice.
To understand the full spectrum of neurological abnormalities and the mechanism that triggers them, the scientists are pushing for more research. And their results will help to determine what factors can either predispose people to neurological complications or protect them from these complications.