Some hospitalized COVID patients develop seizures
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) – COVID-19 can damage various organs in the body, as well as brain. Now, a new study says some hospitalized COVID-19 patients have no convulsions kidnappings which can increase the risk of death.
“Crises are a very common complication of serious illness kidnappings they are not obvious: Unlike seizures that cause a person to fall and shake or cause convulsions, seizures in critically ill patients are not convulsive, ”said study author Dr. M. Brandon Westover, associate professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
“Non-convulsive crises are proving that they can damage the brain and worsen outcomes, similar to convulsions,” Westover said in a hospital note.
There has been no news of crises among patients with severe COVID-19. Westover and his colleagues wanted to know if they occur in patients with pre-existing seizure disorders or if they may be affected by the virus for the first time, and how these seizures affect COVID-19 patients.
To find the answers, they analyzed data from nearly 200 COVID patients hospitalized in nine North American and European institutions. electroencephalogram (EEG) tests to assess electrical activity in the brain.
Studies have found that about 10% of patients have non-convulsive seizures, and some of them have not had any previous neurological problems. Compared to those who did not have a crisis, patients who had a crisis were hospitalized longer and could have been hospitalized four times more to die.
According to the study authors, only one association was found and not a cause-and-effect link, the findings suggest that neurological complications may be important causes of COVID-related illness and death. The results have just been published in the journal Annals of Neurology.
Co-author of the study and neurologist Dr. Mouhsin Shafi, the medical director of the Boston EEG Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said the findings suggest that COVID patients should be closely monitored to avoid convulsive seizures.
“In the case of high-risk patients, treatments are available and guaranteed; however, more research needs to be done to clarify how crises should be treated in COVID-19,” Shafik said in a statement. He is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Johns Hopkins Medicine has more to do with how COVID-19 affects the brain.
SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital, news release, March 30, 2021