Since the start of the new crown pandemic, strange new coronary symptoms, including brain complications such as stroke or mental disorders, have been observed,media reported. Recent studies have explained that COVID-19 causes blood clotting throughout the body, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks and lung problems. Researchers from the UK observed more patients in April. They found an increasing number of strokes, as well as mental illness and mood disorders suspected to be secondary to primary disease.
British researchers have found that brain complications may be more frequent than we think. People infected with COVID-19 are not only diagnosed with stroke, but are diagnosed with secondary psychological problems. The study, published in the Journal of Lancet Psychiatry, appears to be the most important study on the subject to date.
“There are increasing reports of a link between Covid-19 infection and possible neurological or mental complications, but until now these studies have usually been limited to 10 patients or fewer,” Benedict Michael of the University of Liverpool told the Guardian. “Our study is the first nationwide study of neurological complications related to COVID-19, but it is important to note that it focuses on cases that are so severe that they require hospitalization. “
Doctors followed 125 cases of COVID-19 in April, and experts looked at possible neurological and mental complications from the initial infection. The most common complication was stroke, which was reported in 77 patients. Not all stroke symptoms are the same. Fifty-seven patients had cerebral thrombosis (ischemic stroke). Nine of them had a hemorrhagic stroke. 1 patient was a stroke caused by inflammation of the cerebrovascular vessels. Of the 74 stroke patients, 13 were younger than 60 and 61 were older.
When it came to mental health, 39 patients showed signs of insanity or behavioural change. Seven people developed encephalitis or brain inflammation. Twenty-three patients were diagnosed with psychosis, neurocognitive dementia-like syndrome and mood disorders. The researchers believe these psychiatric diagnoses are new, but they can’t guarantee that some patients are not diagnosed before COVID-19 is hospitalized. Of the 37 patients with mental changes, 18 were younger than 60 years old and 19 were older.
“This report describes often high-profile cases of neurological and mental illness, as it is sometimes associated with severe COVID-19 in-patients,” said Michael Sharpe, professor of psychomedicine at the University of Oxford. “It reminds us that COVID-19 is more than just a respiratory infection, we need to consider its links to a variety of other diseases. “
He warned that further research was needed to rule out the possibility that brain-related conditions did not occur independently of COVID-19.