Cerebrovascular events in COVID-19 patients

Submitted: April 26, 2020
Accepted: June 4, 2020
Published: June 10, 2020
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Neurological manifestations in patients with COVID–19 are more frequently being reported. Cerebrovascular events have been reported in around 3% of patients. In this review we summarize the published literature on cerebrovascular events in patients with COVID-19 as available on the PubMed database. So far, 3 studies have reported cerebrovascular events. Cerebrovascular events were identified on screening patients with decreased consciousness or in the presence of focal neurological deficits. These events were common in elderly, critically ill patients and in patients with prior cardio-cerebrovascular comorbidities. The diagnosis of cerebrovascular events was confirmed with computed tomography of the brain in most studies reporting neurological events. Multiple pathological mechanisms have been postulated regarding the process of neurological and vascular injury among which cytokine storm is shown to correlate with mortality. Patients with severe illness are found to have a higher cardio- cerebrovascular comorbidity. With an increasing number of cases and future prospective studies, the exact mechanism by which these cerebrovascular events occur and attribute to the poor outcome will be better understood.



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Jennifer Sargent, Department of Internal Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester; University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA



How to Cite

Mishra, Ajay Kumar, Kamal Kant Sahu, Anu Anna George, Jennifer Sargent, and Amos Lal. 2020. “Cerebrovascular Events in COVID-19 Patients”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 90 (2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2020.1341.