We must be vigilant and see this complication in people with Covid-19,
Researchers from the UK warn the corona virus can cause waves of brain damage in infected patients. Results The surprising research findings were revealed by the researchers when released kicking ago Experts from University College London (UCL) are the latest researchers to describe the malignancy of the Covid-19 virus which can cause neuorlogic complications such as stroke, nerve damage, and potentially cause severe brain inflammation – even if the patient does not show symptoms of severe respiratory pain associated with Covid -19.
“We must be vigilant and see this complication in people with Covid-19,” said one of the joint senior writers, Dr. Michael Zandi, in a UCL press release, reported by Merdeka, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
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But Michael admitted that there was still much to be studied in order to prove that the large-scale epidemic of Covid-19 could cause damage to brain organs. They say further research is needed to understand the potential long-term neurological consequences of a pandemic. This study, published in the journal Brain, examined 43 patients who were treated at UCL Hospital whether they were confirmed positive for Covid-19 or are still suspected, from April to May. Patients vary in age from 16 to 85 years, and show a variety of symptoms from mild to severe.
Among the patients, researchers found 10 cases of “transient brain dysfunction” and experience depression; 12 cases of inflammation of the brain; eight cases of stroke; and eight cases of nerve damage. Most patients who show inflammation of the brain are diagnosed with a specific, rare and sometimes deadly condition known as Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Before the pandemic, a research team in London found about one ADEM patient per month. During the research period, the number rises to at least one every week.
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Hallucinating lions and monkeys
A hallucinating woman sees a lion and a monkey in her house. Other patients report numbness in their limbs or face, double vision, and disorientation. One severe patient is almost unconscious, responding only when in pain. Researchers are still trying to find out why patients experience this brain compilation. The virus that causes Covid-19 is not found in brain fluid, meaning the virus does not appear directly to attack the brain. One theory, in contrast, is that complications are indirectly triggered by the immune response of the patient’s body – not from the virus itself. These findings are important to inform how doctors around the world monitor and treat patients – but they also raise new questions and challenges.
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For patients who do not show severe respiratory symptoms such as difficulty breathing, it may be difficult to identify these brain complications early enough to prevent or minimize damage. Whereas for critically ill patients, their precarious health can limit how much doctors can do to investigate what is happening in their brain. The authors warn that further research is important in figuring out how the virus actually causes brain damage, and how to treat it.
Given that the disease has only been around for a few months, we may not yet know what long-term damage Covid-19 can cause,” explains the author Dr. Ross Paterson in a press release. “Doctors need to be aware of possible neurological effects, because early diagnosis can increase the number of patients.”
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David Strain from Exeter University’s School of Medicine, who was not part of the study, said the findings were important but “not surprising” given the previous corona virus cases. “The main limitation is that we do not know what they are called so we do not know how often these complications occur,” he explained in a statement on Wednesday.
“We have seen some people with Covid-19 may need a long rehabilitation period – both physical rehabilitation such as sports, and brain rehabilitation. We need to understand more about the effects of this infection on the brain.”