Studies show that patients may show neurological symptoms for several months after Covid-19 treatment

A study led by the University of California in San Diego, USA, found that patients infected with Covid-19 had prevalent short-term and long-term neurological symptoms. Many showed improvement, but most still had some problems after 6 months of recovery.

In this study, published last Wednesday (15) in the scientific journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, some of the patients analyzed had previously unexplained motor coordination and cognitive symptoms. It became clear that I showed it.

Scientists evaluated 56 people with neurological symptoms who had mild to moderate infections caused by the coronavirus. They were recruited between October 2020 and October 2021 and underwent neurological examinations, cognitive assessments, questionnaires and optional brain scans. The first measurements were taken months after the first infection and repeated 3 and 6 months later.

In the first measurement, 89% of study participants experienced fatigue and 80% reported headaches, as shown by the American health news website Medical Xpress. Other common neurological symptoms include memory loss, insomnia, and poor concentration. In addition, 80% of volunteers said these symptoms affected their quality of life.

When the patient returned for follow-up six months later, only one-third reported no symptoms. The rest of the participants told the researchers that the neurological problems were persistent, though not so serious. The most common symptoms after 6 months of Covid-19 included memory loss and poor concentration.

According to Medical Xpress, the authors warn that individuals who experience persistent symptoms 6 months after infection have no history of neurological conditions.

“These are people who did not have neurological problems before Covid-19, and now they lack physical coordination and may have lost their thinking coordination. Did not expect to find this, so I would like to disclose it to other doctors to recognize it, “commented Jennifer S. Graves, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, USA. .. , Quoted on his professional website.

Scientists are still investigating the effects of the coronavirus on the brain, but Jennifer said these long-term neurological symptoms are likely to be caused by an inflammatory autoimmune response.

The team plans to continue to monitor participants’ symptoms annually for up to 10 years. Additional efforts will assess how different Covid variants and vaccines affect these long-term neurological symptoms.

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