Stroke in Critical COVID-19 Patients: A Cautionary Tale from the Frontlines
Introduction: Although Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is primarily a disease of the respiratory system in its transmission and clinical manifestations, physicians have also reported a tropism toward the nervous system.
Methods: Neurological symptoms can occur as one of many systemic manifestations of a critical form of the disease or in isolation as the predominant presenting complaint.
Results: We report a series of 6 patients who suffered significant cerebrovascular accidents while being treated for critical COVID-19 in the intensive care units of a quaternary care hospital in New York's Hudson valley.
Conclusions: This series demonstrates how a relatively rare but catastrophic neurological complication can occur in patients with COVID-19 while they are being managed for their more common problems such as respiratory and renal failure.
Jain, A., Jafri, F., Manglani, R., Al-Mufti, F., Aronow, W. S., & Chandy, D. (2020). Stroke in Critical COVID-19 Patients: A Cautionary Tale from the Frontlines. Archives of Medical Sciences. Atherosclerotic Diseases, 5, e263-e270. https://doi.org/10.5114/amsad.2020.102423