Over 80% Of Hospitalized COVID Patients Have Neurological Symptoms

Over 80% Of Hospitalized COVID Patients Have Neurological Symptoms

Longer-ranging studies and clinical trials will be critical to elucidate the durability and depth of health consequences attributable to Covid-19 and how these may compare with other serious illnesses, said Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean at Emory University School of Medicine in the US.

The study's findings came on the same day President Donald Trump left the Walter Reed Military Medical Center.

"Encephalopathy is a generic term meaning something's wrong with the brain", Koralnik said.

Patients with encephalopathy were not only seven times more likely to die than those without altered mental states, but they also stayed three times longer in the hospital than others in the study. This symptom is more prevalent among the older lot. What's more, the study found that patients may continue to experience these symptoms long after they recover from the disease.

Another published in July study in the journal Brain found some patients developed brain swelling and delirium, others developed nervous-system disorders like Guillain-Barré syndrome that can cause paralysis, and a few experienced life-threatening strokes - even if they'd had relatively mild illnesses, Business Insider's Aylin Woodward previously reported.

The researchers said there may be an age gap because doctors may have been more focused on respiratory problems rather than cognitive ones in older patients. "That is important", Dr. Alejandro Rabinstein, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, said.

To arrive at the study findings, which appeared in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers examined neurologic manifestations in more than 500 patients who were admitted to a hospital network in Chicago, Illinois, due to COVID-19. "Those are reversible, and benign".

"It caught our attention because for the past 15 years our lab has been studying a complex set of proteins, pathways, involved in treating pain down the stream of Nairobi", Khanna explained."So we realized that this may mean that the spike protein, which is also present in the Coronavirus, may be involved in some kind of pain treatment.".

They found 42.2% of patients experienced neurological symptoms when they first became sick, 62.7% reported such symptoms by the time they were hospitalized, and 82.3% had them at any time over the course of their disease.

The researchers say overcoming COVID-19 doesn't declare the end of a vast journey on its own.

Indeed, Koralnik said such problems could be the first signs of a coronavirus infection. The virus itself causes the symptoms.

"They should be tested more rapidly and quarantine and trace their contacts to prevent further spread" of the virus", he added.

His group will be studying that in the future, along with possible immunological factors.

Researchers noticed that the younger population is more at risk of developing neurological symptoms of the virus, except for encephalopathy.

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, so too does the disease's list of known symptoms.

Also unknown are the long-term effects of these symptoms.

Their examination revealed that only 32 per cent of the patients with altered mental functions could handle day-to-day chores, like cooking and paying bills, after getting discharged. Nonetheless, the research is a strong reminder that COVID-19 is much more than a respiratory disease-and that we are only now beginning to see the full picture of its impact.

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