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BMC Neurol ; 20(1): 358, 2020 Sep 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-792799


BACKGROUND: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is associated with an increased incidence of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) secondary to large vessel occlusion (LVO). The treatment of these patients poses unique and significant challenges to health care providers requiring changes in existing protocols. CASE PRESENTATION: A 54-year-old COVID-19 positive patient developed sudden onset left hemiparesis secondary to an acute right middle cerebral artery occlusion (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score = 11). Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) was performed under a new protocol specifically designed to maximize protective measures for the team involved in the care of the patient. Mechanical Thrombectomy was performed successfully under general anesthesia resulting in TICI 3 recanalization. With regards to time metrics, time from door to reperfusion was 60 mins. The 24-h NIHSS score decreased to 2. Patient was discharged after 19 days after improvement of her pulmonary status with modified Rankin Scale = 1. CONCLUSION: Patients infected by COVID-19 can develop LVO that is multifactorial in etiology. Mechanical thrombectomy in a COVID-19 confirmed patient presenting with AIS due to LVO is feasible with current mechanical thrombectomy devices. A change in stroke workflow and protocols is now necessary in order to deliver the appropriate life-saving therapy for COVID-19 positive patients while protecting medical providers.

Coronavirus Infections/complications , Endovascular Procedures/methods , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/surgery , Personal Protective Equipment , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Thrombectomy/methods , Betacoronavirus , Brain Ischemia/complications , Brain Ischemia/diagnostic imaging , Brain Ischemia/surgery , COVID-19 , Cerebral Angiography , Computed Tomography Angiography , Emergency Medical Services , Female , Humans , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/complications , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging , Intubation, Intratracheal , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Reperfusion , SARS-CoV-2 , Stroke/complications , Stroke/diagnostic imaging , Stroke/surgery , Time-to-Treatment , Treatment Outcome
Stroke ; 51(11): 3366-3370, 2020 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-722391


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Reports are emerging regarding the association of acute ischemic strokes with large vessel occlusion and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While a higher severity of these patients could be expected from the addition of both respiratory and neurological injury, COVID-19 patients with strokes can present with mild or none respiratory symptoms. We aimed to compare anterior circulation large vessel occlusion strokes severity between patients with and without COVID-19. METHODS: We performed a comparative cohort study between patients with COVID-19 who had anterior circulation large vessel occlusion and early brain imaging within 3 hours from onset, in our institution during the 6 first weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak and a control group admitted during the same calendar period in 2019. RESULTS: Twelve COVID-19 patients with anterior circulation large vessel occlusion and early brain imaging were included during the study period and compared with 34 control patients with anterior circulation large vessel occlusion and early brain imaging in 2019. Patients in the COVID-19 group were younger (P=0.032) and had a history of diabetes mellitus more frequently (P=0.039). Patients did not significantly differ on initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale nor time from onset to imaging (P=0.18 and P=0.6, respectively). Patients with COVID-19 had more severe strokes than patients without COVID-19, with a significantly lower clot burden score (median: 6.5 versus 8, P=0.016), higher rate of multivessel occlusion (50% versus 8.8%, P=0.005), lower DWI-ASPECTS (Diffusion-Weighted Imaging-Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Scores; median: 5 versus 8, P=0.006), and higher infarct core volume (median: 58 versus 6 mL, P=0.004). Successful recanalization rate was similar in both groups (P=0.767). In-hospital mortality was higher in the COVID-19 patients' group (41.7% versus 11.8%, P=0.025). CONCLUSIONS: Early brain imaging showed higher severity large vessel occlusion strokes in patients with COVID-19. Given the massive number of infected patients, concerns should be raised about the coming neurovascular impact of the pandemic worldwide.

Coronavirus Infections/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Stroke/diagnostic imaging , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Case-Control Studies , Cerebral Angiography , Computed Tomography Angiography , Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Female , Hospital Mortality , Humans , Infarction, Anterior Cerebral Artery/complications , Infarction, Anterior Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging , Infarction, Anterior Cerebral Artery/physiopathology , Infarction, Anterior Cerebral Artery/therapy , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/complications , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/physiopathology , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/therapy , Infarction, Posterior Cerebral Artery/complications , Infarction, Posterior Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging , Infarction, Posterior Cerebral Artery/physiopathology , Infarction, Posterior Cerebral Artery/therapy , Magnetic Resonance Angiography , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index , Stroke/complications , Stroke/physiopathology , Stroke/therapy , Thrombectomy , Thrombolytic Therapy
Biochem Biophys Res Commun ; 528(3): 413-419, 2020 07 30.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-436643


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a worldwide pandemic. It has a high transmission rate among humans, and is a threat to global public health. However, there are no effective prophylactics or therapeutics available. It is necessary to identify vulnerable and susceptible groups for adequate protection and care against this disease. Recent studies have reported that COVID-19 has angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as a functional receptor, which may lead to the development of severe cerebrovascular diseases (CVD), including strokes, in patients with risk factors for CVD such as diabetes and smoking. Thus, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised caution against COVID-19 for smokers and patients with underlying clinical symptoms, including cardiovascular diseases. Here, we observed ACE2 expression in the brain of rat middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model and evaluated the effects of cigarette smoke extract (CSE) and diabetes on ACE2 expression in vessels. We showed that the levels of ACE2 expression was increased in the cortex penumbra after ischemic injuries. CSE treatment significantly elevated ACE2 expression in human brain vessels. We found that ACE2 expression was upregulated in primary cultured human blood vessels with diabetes compared to healthy controls. This study demonstrates that ACE2 expression is increased in ischemic brains and vessels exposed to diabetes or smoking, makes them vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

Betacoronavirus/metabolism , Brain Ischemia/virology , Brain/blood supply , Diabetes Mellitus , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/biosynthesis , Receptors, Virus/biosynthesis , Smokers , Stroke/virology , Up-Regulation , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 , Animals , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , Brain/drug effects , Brain Ischemia/genetics , Brain Ischemia/metabolism , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/genetics , Coronavirus Infections/metabolism , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Diabetes Mellitus/genetics , Diabetes Mellitus/metabolism , Disease Models, Animal , Disease Susceptibility , Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/complications , Male , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Pandemics , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/genetics , Pneumonia, Viral/genetics , Pneumonia, Viral/metabolism , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Receptors, Virus/genetics , SARS-CoV-2 , Smoke/adverse effects , Stroke/genetics , Stroke/metabolism , Up-Regulation/drug effects