COVID-19 Update: A Rare Neurologic Complication is Set Out

The whole world is fighting against this deadly virus that has caused damage worth millions and is still incurable. One thing that experts are worried about, from the very beginning, is its effects on the central nervous system. However, due to the complicated nature of the virus coming to any conclusion wouldn’t be the right thing.


In Radiology, one case of the type has been reported to be published. The reported case we are talking about was found to be in her 50s. After the patient was diagnosed with COVID-19, proper checkups were done. The patient was admitted to the medical facility of the Henry Ford Hospital System in Detroit, Michigan. This was done after she showed symptoms of the infections for the last 3 days.

The images in the result conclude it as a case of acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE). Neo Poyiadji, a radiologist in Henry ford stated, “This is the first reported case of COVID-19-associated necrotizing hemorrhagic encephalopathy. Furthermore, he stated, “As the number of patients with COVID-19 increases worldwide, clinicians and radiologists should be watching for this presentation among patients presenting with COVID-19 and altered mental status.”

The patient was tested for all possible estimated infections and her cerebrospinal fluid tests show zero growth of any kind of bacteria. Also, the results for the tests of herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus, and West Nile virus have also resulted in negative. Due to concerns about the respiratory system, because of the patient’s age, the experts didn’t use any high-dose steroids. Instead of any of these high-dose steroids, experts used immunoglobulin.

Impact of Being Corona+

As per the experts, as more people are diagnosed with COVID-19, there are chances of more patients getting ANE. Also, they stated, “Accumulating evidence suggests that a subgroup of patients with severe COVID-19 might have a cytokine storm syndrome.”

Further, they said, “The most characteristic imaging feature includes symmetric, multi-focal lesions with invariable thalamic involvement. Other commonly involved locations include the brain stem, cerebral white matter, and cerebellum.”


Podcast: COVID-19 Pandemic Calls for Keeping Neurological Aspects in Check

While the world is looking for COVID-19’s cure, some individuals and companies are focusing on the neurological aspects of this deadly virus. In Mind Moments podcast, you will be able to listen to experts in the field of neurology.  

They shall be discussing or/and addressing new research and updates in the field of neurology, including epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. It further comprises of Parkinson’s disease, dementia, sleep disorders, etc. 

Moreover, episode 8 will mark the discussion on COVID-19, the pandemic the world is talking about. No doubt, the amount of distortion is created in the world was initially unimaginable. As each day passes, experts are learning about its effects on patients with neurological disorders.

This episode of the podcast that is “Adapting Neurologic Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic” is an interview with Barry Singer, MD, Director of the MS Center for Innovations in Care (in St. Louis) at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Barry Singer at present is working on changing the treatment of his patients to eliminate all the possible risks that can be caused by this deadly virus. Some other experts are also looking for the effects of COVID-19 on different aspects of the body. So, don’t forget to tune in!


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