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BMJ Case Rep ; 14(3)2021 Mar 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1153656

ABSTRACT

COVID-19 affects a wide spectrum of organ systems. We report a 52-year-old man with hypertension and newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus who presented with hypoxic respiratory failure due to COVID-19 and developed severe brachial plexopathy. He was not treated with prone positioning respiratory therapy. Associated with the flaccid, painfully numb left upper extremity was a livedoid, purpuric rash on his left hand and forearm consistent with COVID-19-induced microangiopathy. Neuroimaging and electrophysiological data were consistent with near diffuse left brachial plexitis with selective sparing of axillary, suprascapular and pectoral fascicles. Given his microangiopathic rash, elevated D-dimers and paucifascicular plexopathy, we postulate a patchy microvascular thrombotic plexopathy. Providers should be aware of this significant and potentially under-recognised neurologic complication of COVID-19.


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Brachial Plexus Neuropathies/etiology , COVID-19/complications , Arm/pathology , Brachial Plexus Neuropathies/diagnosis , COVID-19/diagnosis , Diabetes Mellitus , Exanthema/complications , Fibrin Fibrinogen Degradation Products/analysis , Humans , Hypertension/complications , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Male , Middle Aged , Neuralgia/complications , Patient Positioning/adverse effects , Respiratory Insufficiency/etiology , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification
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