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Neurological and psychiatric 6-months after Covid-19 infection

Thu 13 May 2021

A large-scale study shows the neurological and psychiatric impact of Covid-19 6 months after infection

Records of over 200,000 patients who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 were examined 6-months on from infection and treatment. Among all patients, 0.56% had experienced intracranial haemorrhage and 2% had experienced ischaemic stroke, although these numbers were slightly higher for those who had experienced severe Covid-19 (treated in Intensive Care Units), with just under 3% and just under 7% experiencing intracranial haemorrhage and ischaemic stroke, respectively.

19% of patients also had anxiety disorder, and just under 3% had psychotic disorder.

The research suggests that Covid-19 can cause substantial neurological and psychiatric issues 6-months on from Covid-19 infection, affecting around a third of all patients.

The full article is available on The Lancet Psychiatry.

Reference: Taquet, M., Geddes, J.R., Husain, M., Luciano, S., & Harrison, P.J. (2021). 6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236 379 survivors of COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records. The Lancet Psychiatry, 8(5), 416-427.



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