'Clinicians should be alert to the possibility of patients with Covid-19 developing these complications and, conversely, of the possibility of Covid-19 in patients presenting with acute neurological and psychiatric syndromes'.
"These people represent the first notifications that we as CoroNerve have received, and will represent the most severe of cases as most people will have been hospitalised".
In Germany, autopsies conducted on COVID-19 patients revealed inflammation in the brain.
Lead author Benedict Michael, senior clinician scientist fellow at the University of Liverpool, told The Guardian: "There have been growing reports of an association between Covid-19 infection and possible neurological or psychiatric complications, but until now these have typically been limited to studies of 10 patients or fewer".
153 patients at United Kingdom hospitals suffered from numerous neurological complications linked to COVID-19 in the first national study of its kind, medical journal The Lancet revealed.
In the study, the scientists built a UK-wide digital network for specialist doctors to report details of specific cases. These portals were hosted by professional bodies representing specialists in neurology, stroke, psychiatry and intensive care.More news: U.S. coronavirus cases reach biggest single-day increase of pandemic
Data was collected between April 2 and April 26 - when the disease was spreading exponentially in the UK.
Up to a third of people who fall severely ill with coronavirus develop unsafe blood clots, which can trigger deadly strokes if they migrate to the brain and cut off its blood supply. Our study provides the foundations for larger, hospital and community-based studies.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19.
Strokes accounted for 77 out of 125 patients, with blood clots in the brain, or ischaemic strokes, found in 57 patients.
One patient had a stroke caused by inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain. In contrast, cerebrovascular events were seen more in people older than 60 years (82%, 61 of 74 patients) while only 18% (13 of 74 patients) were younger than 60 years.
39 patients showed symptoms of confusion and altered mental states, with nine showing encephalopathy, or unspecified brain dysfunction. Long-term follow-up studies to assess duration and severity of these complications are needed.More news: Michael Johnson spoke with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about youth education
Thirty-nine patients experienced confusion or behavior changes that suggested they had an altered mental state, the study found.
Pett said researchers also need to understand brain complications in COVID-19 patients who aren't sick enough to be hospitalized.
These patients with psychiatric diagnoses included ten patients with a new-onset psychosis, and six patients with a dementia-like syndrome, the study noted as per the PTI report. Seven patients had signs of a mood disorder, including depression and anxiety.
Age information was available for 37 of the 39 patients with an altered mental state and of those, around half were aged under 60 years of age (49%, 18/37). While stroke mostly occurred in older patients, those who experience an altered mental state were seen across all ages.
Scientists from the universities of Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and University College London admit their study is too small to draw firm conclusions.
But he added that while the study was an "important early step" in helping with further health policy planning and COVID-19 neuroscience research, further detailed studies "to understand the possible biological mechanisms" were needed.More news: Richard Petty 'enraged' by noose found in his NASCAR team's Talladega garage