Huntsville doctor discusses COVID-19’s possible impacts on the brain

Huntsville doctor discusses COVID-19’s possible impacts on the brain
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COVID patients showing neurological symptoms

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - As doctors continue to learn more about COVID-19, they’re discovering a possible connection between the virus and some troubling neurological symptoms.

National headlines recently reported some coronavirus patients were experiencing seizures, hallucinations and even changes in personality.

The exact link between coronavirus and these symptoms isn’t exactly clear, but there are a number of possibilities.

“It could be when [patients] come, they have low oxygenation,” says Dr. Hassoun. “But actually, there are thoughts that the virus itself can cause infection into the brain or cause significant inflammation, and that inflammation can cause significant damage in the brain. Also, it’s well known that the virus can cause inflammation in the vessels and clots... and that can be part of an effect into the brain.”

“I still talk on follow-up with my patients, and some of them are still saying, ‘I still feel dizzy. I still feel forgetful. It’s foggy. It doesn’t seem normal anymore,‘” says Dr. Hassoun.

To make matters worse, there aren’t really any treatments for these apparent post-viral symptoms.

“We’re still learning about how much the virus affects, where it affects,” says Dr. Hassoun. “We really don’t have a good effective treatment, whether neurologically, renal, heart or lung...”


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