Cerebrovascular Disease in COVID-19

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2020 Jul;41(7):1170-1172. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A6588. Epub 2020 May 14.


Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a pandemic originating in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Early reports suggest that there are neurologic manifestations of COVID-19, including acute cerebrovascular disease. We report a case of COVID-19 with acute ischemic stroke. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of COVID-19-related cerebral infarcts that includes brain imaging at multiple time points and CT angiography. There is a growing body of published evidence that complications of COVID-19 are not limited to the pulmonary system. Neuroradiologists should be aware of a wide range of neurologic manifestations, including cerebrovascular disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Ischemia / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Ischemia / etiology
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Stroke / diagnostic imaging*
  • Stroke / etiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed