Neurologists warned of the serious complications that can cause in the brain coronavirus. In the new study, the British physicians found in patients with COVID-19 severe neurological disorders, stroke, inflammation, temporary dysfunction of the brain, delirium and psychosis. Experts fear that in the coming years the world may start an epidemic of brain disease caused by a virus of a new type.
About it reports The Guardian.
British scientists from University College London (UCL) described 43 cases in which the twelve patients revealed inflammation of the Central nervous system, have ten – delirium (madness, nonsense – “the Apostrophe”) or psychosis, eight – stroke, and for eight-problems with peripheral nerves, most often diagnosed as the Guillain-Barre syndrome (the immune reaction that affects the nerves and causes paralysis).
“We see COVID-19 affects the brain, what we had not noticed before when studying other viruses,” says study leader and Professor at University College London Michael Zandi.
Despite the fact that COVID-19 is largely a respiratory disease, experts still claim that new evidence of its effects on the brain are cause for concern.
“Given what we know about the disease only a few months, we are unable to say with certainty what consequences might result COVID-19 in the long term”, – says another member of the research group Ross Patterson.
Experts have found that the new coronavirus may be accompanied by acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (WEM).
This disease is most common in children and manifests in the course of the infectious process. The wholesale power market is characterized by extensive lesions of the white matter of the brain and destruction of myelin sheaths of nerve fibers. In the absence of proper treatment, the disease can be fatal.
The researchers also reported that acute encephalomyelitis was detected in nine people. In addition, they stated that in the past, adult patients with WEM came to the clinic once a month. At present, however they accept people with this disease already once a week that was described by experts as “alarming increase”.
According to the Guardian, the number of cases among adults WEM in the Institute of neurology, University of California at Los Angeles has also increased from one a month before the pandemic, up to two to three per week in April and may.
According to scientists, the full range of brain diseases caused by COVID-19 may not be identified, because many of the coronavirus patients are still undergoing treatment in medical institutions, which certainly complicates the process of studying this issue.