Brain death in a vaccinated patient with COVID-19 infection

Clin Imaging. 2022 Jan:81:92-95. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2021.09.020. Epub 2021 Oct 11.


We present a case of brain death in a vaccinated, immunocompromised patient who presented with COVID-19 pneumonia. Imaging was characterized by diffuse cerebral edema, pseudo-subarachnoid hemorrhage, and no antegrade flow above the terminal internal carotid arteries. To our knowledge, this is the first case report with such findings in a vaccinated patient.

Keywords: Brain death; COVID-19; Immunocompromised; Neuroradiology; Systemic lupus erythematosus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Death
  • Brain Edema*
  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage*