According to reports from Fox News, a small percentage of patients with coronavirus suffer neurological problems like seizures and strokes.
Symptoms seen in patients include, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and at times, patients could exhibit an altered mental state, according to the New York Times.
A woman in Michigan could remember her name, but not much else. A brain scan showed swelling and inflammation. She was diagnosed with acute necrotizing encephalopathy, a rare complication from some viruses, and she remains in critical condition according to the New York Times.
Dr. Elissa Fory, a neurologist with Henry Ford Health System, said “The pattern of involvement, and the way that it rapidly progressed over days, is consistent with viral inflammation of the brain,”
She continued, “This may indicate the virus can invade the brain directly in rare circumstances.”
Several other cases showed that older patients who went to the doctor for neurological symptoms were also diagnosed with the virus.
Dr. Sherry H-Y. Chou, a neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said, “There’s no ventilator for the brain,” “If the lungs are broken we can put the patient on a ventilator and hope for recovery. We don’t have that luxury with the brain.”
“It could be as simple as low levels of oxygen in the bloodstream,” Dr. Robert Stevens, a neurologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said.
Dr. Jennifer Frontera, a neurologist at N.Y.U Langone Health said, “You don’t feel your best when you have a fever, but you should be able to interact normally,” she said. “You should be able to answer questions and converse in a normal fashion.”
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Earlier in March, a man with Parkinson’s who was later diagnosed with coronavirus lost the ability to speak and suffered a seizure.
Four older patients in Connecticut who originally went to the doctor for neurological symptoms but no cough or fever were also diagnosed with the virus.
In Italy, doctors have similarly documented patients experiencing strokes, seizures and delirium.
Doctors stress the vast majority of coronavirus patients have no neurological symptoms, but more research needs to be done on the phenomenon.
Similar symptoms have been reported in other countries, including China where doctors were first to note them.
“New confusion or inability to rouse” is also one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s warning signs for the virus.