Saturday, December 12, 2020

COVID-19 and the increased risk of Parkinson's disease


Currently posted in psychiatry, I was reading articles on Parkinson's disease and came through this important finding in context with the coronavirus disease.

Recent studies suggest increasing number of cases of Parkinson's disease even in young population with rather relatively abrupt onset as a major neurologic complication of COVID-19, irrespective of any family history or genetic testing.

The onset of symptoms and further deterioration of the patients condition occurs 2-5 weeks after contracting SARS-CoV-2. The rapidity of the onset of such severe neurodegenerative symptoms in close temporal proximity to the acute respiratory viral infection points towards the causal link.

Source - Trends in Neurosciences

PS- Since a number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 present with major sequelae and complications days-to-weeks after contracting the disease, it is ultra-important to follow-up these patients and screen them regularly, and not just the elderly but the young too.

That's all!

- Jaskunwar Singh

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