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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis ; 29(12): 105307, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-753198


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) initially most appreciated for its pulmonary symptoms, is now increasingly recognized for causing multi-organ disease and stroke in the setting of a hypercoagulable state. We report a case of 33-year-old African American woman with COVID-19 who developed acute malignant middle cerebral artery infarction due to thromboembolic occlusion of the left terminal internal carotid artery and middle cerebral artery stem. Mechanical thrombectomy was challenging and ultimately unsuccessful resulting in limited reperfusion of <67% of the affected vascular territory, and thrombectomized clot was over 50 mm in length, at least three times the average clot length. The final stroke size was estimated at 224 cubic centimeters. On admission her D-dimer level was 94,589 ng/mL (normal 0-500 ng/ml). Throughout the hospitalization D-dimer decreased but never reached normal values while fibrinogen trended upward. Hypercoagulability panel was remarkable for mildly elevated anticardiolipin IgM of 16.3 MPL/mL (normal: 0-11.0 MPL/mL). With respect to remaining stroke workup, there was no evidence of clinically significant stenosis or dissection in the proximal internal carotid artery or significant cardioembolic source including cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation, cardiac thrombus, cardiac tumor, valvular abnormality, aortic arch atheroma, or patent foramen ovale. She developed malignant cytotoxic cerebral edema and succumbed to complications. This case underscores the importance of recognizing hypercoagulability as a cause of severe stroke and poor outcome in young patients with COVID-19 and highlights the need for further studies to define correlation between markers of coagulopathy in patients with COVID-19 infection and outcome post stroke.

Blood Coagulation , COVID-19/complications , Carotid Stenosis/etiology , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/etiology , Thrombophilia/etiology , Adult , Biomarkers/blood , Brain Edema/etiology , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/therapy , Carotid Stenosis/blood , Carotid Stenosis/diagnostic imaging , Carotid Stenosis/therapy , Disease Progression , Fatal Outcome , Female , Fibrin Fibrinogen Degradation Products/metabolism , Humans , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/blood , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/therapy , Thrombectomy , Thrombophilia/complications , Thrombophilia/diagnosis , Treatment Outcome
J Thromb Haemost ; 18(8): 2031-2033, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-401717


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic disease currently affecting millions of people worldwide. Its neurological implications are poorly understood, and further study is urgently required. A hypercoagulable state has been reported in patients with severe COVID-19, but nothing is known about coagulopathy in patients with milder disease. We describe cases of patients in New York City presenting with stroke secondary to large vessel thrombosis without occlusion, incidentally found to have COVID-19 with only mild respiratory symptoms. This is in contrast to the venous thrombosis and microangiopathy that has been reported in patients with severe COVID-19. Our cases suggest that even in the absence of severe disease, patients with COVID-19 may be at increased risk of thrombus formation leading to stroke, perhaps resulting from viral involvement of the endothelium. Further systematic study is needed because this may have implications for primary and secondary stroke prevention in patients with COVID-19.

Betacoronavirus , Carotid Artery Thrombosis/etiology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/etiology , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Adult , Aged , Anticoagulants/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus/isolation & purification , Biomarkers , C-Reactive Protein/analysis , COVID-19 , Carotid Artery Thrombosis/blood , Carotid Artery Thrombosis/diagnostic imaging , Carotid Artery Thrombosis/drug therapy , Cerebral Angiography , Computed Tomography Angiography , Coronavirus Infections/blood , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Emergencies , Female , Fibrin Fibrinogen Degradation Products/analysis , Hemiplegia/etiology , Humans , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/blood , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/drug therapy , Magnetic Resonance Angiography , Male , Middle Aged , New York City/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/blood , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombophlebitis/complications