A consultant neurologist researching the impact of Coronavirus

Dr Arvind Chandratheva has been caring for Coronavirus patients, including Paul (above). His research, and that of his colleagues, is building knowledge about this new condition.

Specialists at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (part of UCLH)

have seen an increase in Coronavirus patients with extensive inflammation in the brain. They do not think this is caused by Coronavirus itself but by the body’s immune system overreacting to the disease.

“In just two weeks in April 2020, our team saw six people with Coronavirus who had similar strokes caused by a blocked, large artery in the brain. We were witnessing the unfolding of a distinctive pattern of stroke associated with the pandemic. I immediately assumed the blood-thinning drugs had caused a bleed in the brain but what we discovered was unlike anything we have seen before.”

Consultant neurologist Dr Michael Zandi said: “We need to be prepared for decades of impact on people’s brains and mental health. The closest comparison we have is the 1918 flu pandemic when a lot of brain disease and problems emerged over the following 10 to 20 years.”

Read the full story at: http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/News/Pages/BBCatNHNN.aspx

This is a real-life case study based on the experience of a consultant at UCHL

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