Most Hospitalized COVID Patients Have Neurologic Symptoms

June 9, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 10, 2020

An observational study discussed in MedPage Today revealed more than half of COVID-19 patients admitted to two hospitals in Spain developed some form of neurologic symptoms. Neurologic manifestations were seen in 57.4% of 841 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in March, reported Carlos Manuel Romero-Sanchez, MD, of Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Albacete in Spain.

In 4.1% of COVID-19 deaths in the study, neurologic complications were considered the fundamental cause. Researchers noted this is the largest hospital-based study of COVID-19 patients to analyze neurologic symptoms.

The researchers were unable to demonstrate direct invasion of the central nervous system (CNS) in this study; all CNS analyses were negative for viral RNA. They couldn’t determine whether neurologic problems stemmed from SARS-CoV-2 infection, or other factors like cross-immunity, inflammatory reaction, or side effects of treatment.

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