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Is a First Epileptic Seizure a COVID-19 Finding?
European Archives of Medical Research ; 37(3):173-177, 2021.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-1431022
ABSTRACT

Objective:

It is known that coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) can manifest with neurologic findings in addition to respiratory symptoms. This study aimed to investigate the rate of patients with COVID-19 who presented with a first epileptic seizure as a neurologic finding.

Methods:

The study included patients who presented to our hospital's emergency department reporting a seizure between March 11 and May 30, 2020. Of 90 patients, 32 (35.5%) presented first seizures. The patients' demographic characteristics, medical history, complications, the presence of risk factors relating to their treatment and seizures, laboratory findings, clinical properties, and imaging findings were recorded.

Results:

Of the patients with first seizures, 19 were men, and 13 were women. Their mean age was 49.5 (minimum 18, maximum 89) years. The percentage of patients with COVID-19 who presented with a first seizure was 31.2% (n=10). A risk factor was identified in 8 (80%) patients who presented with a first seizure, and no risk factor was found in 2 (20%) patients. In all patients, COVID-19 was diagnosed following a seizure presentation. The intensive care requirement rate was 30% (n=3), and 2 (20%) patients died.

Conclusion:

The rate of COVID-19 among patients presenting with a first seizure is high. It would be appropriate to consider patients arriving with a seizure without any other respiratory or systemic issues as being related to COVID-19 and plan the necessary analyses and treatment. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of European Archives of Medical Research is the property of Galenos Yayinevi Tic. LTD. STI and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Academic Search Complete Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: European Archives of Medical Research Year: 2021 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Academic Search Complete Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: European Archives of Medical Research Year: 2021 Document Type: Article