COVID-19 in Patients With Seizures and Epilepsy: Interpretation of Relevant Knowledge of Presenting Signs and Symptoms

Robert Edward Hogan, Zachary Grinspan, Erika Axeen, Belinda Marquis, B. Keith Day

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Abstract

There are an increasing number of clinical studies for COVID-19, with several large cohort studies documenting initial signs and symptoms. Realizing the need for current information, this summary provides a focused summary of pertinent clinical diagnostic information about neurological involvement of SARS-CoV-2 virus and clinical presentation of COVID-19, especially in relationship to patients with seizures and epilepsy. There is no evidence from cohort studies in the general population that seizures are worsened in COVID-19. However, relative lack of cohort studies in patients with a history of epileptic seizures limit conclusions about effects of COVID-19 patients with epilepsy. Overall, findings indicate seizures and epilepsy are rare, especially in mild COVID-19 cases, but may occur in more severe cases later in the disease course. Caregivers should be vigilant in assessing for possible seizures, especially in patients with systemic effects of severe COVID-19 infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-315
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy Currents
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • epilepsy
  • seizures
  • signs
  • symptoms

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