Neurological and Psychiatric Complications May Come With Coronavirus Infection

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New study finds troubling signs of “brain complications” in severe COVID-19 cases

by Elizabeth Elkind/CBS News

A new coronavirus study out of the United Kingdom found troubling signs of brain complications in patients with severe COVID-19.

 

“The patients survived, but they survived with residual effects of having had the nervous system affected by this virus,” Dr. Bob Lahita told CBSN anchors Vladimir Duthiers and Anne-Marie Green on Friday.

The most commonly reported complication was stroke, occurring in 62% of the patients. Of the 77 reported stroke cases in the study, 57 were caused by a blood clot in the brain, nine were caused by a brain hemorrhage and one patient’s stroke was caused by “inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain.” The majority of the strokes occurred in patients age 60 or older.

About a third of patients in the study experienced “an altered mental state such as brain inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms,” including signs of confusion or changes in behavior.

“Altered mental status is common in patients admitted to hospital with severe infection,” the study notes, but ….read more:

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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