Neurological Manifestations of COVID-19 in Absence of Respiratory Symptoms or Fever

Cureus. 2021 Mar 14;13(3):e13887. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13887.

Abstract

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first described in the Hubei region of China and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020. The clinical presentation of COVID-19 ranges from asymptomatic/mild symptoms to severe illness with associated mortality. The most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, myalgia, and headache. Other well-described features include shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, diarrhea, and smell or taste abnormalities. Although COVID-19 infection is primarily a disease of the respiratory system affecting lung parenchyma, it can affect multiple organ systems and cause variable extra-pulmonary symptoms. A broad spectrum of neurologic manifestations has been reported in association with SARS-CoV-2 infection, most probably due to different pathogenic pathways. We report a case of a rare presentation of a COVID-19-positive female who presented with slurred speech, dizziness, and left-sided weakness without the other common symptoms of the disease.

Keywords: : (sars-cov-2) /covid-19; neurological manifestations.

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