As a respiratory disease, Covid-19 primarily attacks the lungs, but other effects too have been emerging, including in the abdomen, the skin and the brain.
A new study has reviewed the existing evidence about the last: the virus’s impact on the central nervous system.
Altered mental status and stroke have been found to be the most common neurological symptoms in Covid-19 patients.
Investigators found that 59% of patients reported an altered mental state and 31% experienced stroke, which were the most common neurological symptoms.
Patients also experienced headache (12%), seizure (9%) and dizziness (4%), among other symptoms. Altered mental status was more common in older adults.
Study is done by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and three Italian institutions have reviewed neuroimaging and neurological symptoms in patients with Covid-19 and published their findings in the journal Radiology.