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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001129

Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome Related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

02 Mar 2021-Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology (Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health))-Vol. 41, Iss: 3
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Topics: Coronavirus (61%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S00415-021-10458-0
Abstract: Since the beginning of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in December 2019, neurological manifestations have been recognized as potential complications. Relatively rare movement disorders associated with COVID-19 are increasingly reported in case reports or case series. Here, we present a case and systematic review of myoclonus and cerebellar ataxia associated with COVID-19. A systematic review was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guideline using the PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE databases, from November 1, 2019 to December 6, 2020. 51 cases of myoclonus or ataxia associated with COVID-19, including our case, were identified from 32 publications. The mean age was 59.6 years, ranging from 26 to 88 years, and 21.6% were female. Myoclonus was multifocal or generalized and had an acute onset, usually within 1 month of COVID-19 symptoms. Myoclonus occurred in isolation (46.7%), or with ataxia (40.0%) or cognitive changes (30.0%). Most cases improved within 2 months, and treatment included anti-epileptic medications or immunotherapy. Ataxia had an acute onset, usually within 1 month of COVID-19 symptoms, but could be an initial symptom. Concurrent neurological symptoms included cognitive changes (45.5%), myoclonus (36.4%), or a Miller Fisher syndrome variant (21.2%). Most cases improved within 2 months, either spontaneously or with immunotherapy. This systematic review highlights myoclonus and ataxia as rare and treatable post-infectious or para-infectious, immune-mediated phenomena associated with COVID-19. The natural history is unknown and future investigation is needed to further characterize these movement disorders and COVID-19.

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Topics: Ataxia (61%), Cerebellar ataxia (59%), Myoclonus (57%) ... show more

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.NEULET.2020.135531
Doria M. Gold1, Steven L. Galetta1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Multiple neuro-ophthalmological manifestations have been described in association with COVID-19. These symptoms and signs may be the result of a range of pathophysiological mechanisms throughout the course from acute illness to recovery phase. Optic nerve dysfunction, eye movement abnormalities and visual field defects have been described.

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Topics: Optic neuritis (53%), Optic nerve (52%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.5334/TOHM.580
10 Feb 2021-
Abstract: The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2) is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic [5] SARS-Cov-2 demonstrates partial resemblance to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV in phylogenetic analysis, clinical manifestations, and pathological findings [6, 7] Reports emerging from China have described ataxia as a neurological symptom of the SARS-CoV-2 infection [5] Opsoclonus consists of back-to-back multidirectional conjugate saccades without an inter-saccadic interval [8] Myoclonus is defined as a sudden, brief, "shock-like", nonepileptic involuntary movement [9], which has been described as a symptom of SARS-CoV-2 infection [10] Opsoclonus-Myoclonus-Ataxia syndrome (OMAS) associated COVID-19 infection has been reported recently [1112]

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Topics: Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome (64%), Opsoclonus (64%), Ataxia (54%) ... show more

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1186/S12879-021-05987-Y
Jana Werner1, Ina Reichen1, Michael Huber1, Irene A Abela1  +2 moreInstitutions (1)
Abstract: Severe acute respiratory syndrome virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is spreading globally and causes most frequently fever and respiratory symptoms, i.e. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), however, distinct neurological syndromes associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection have been described. Among SARS-CoV-2-infections-associated neurological symptoms fatigue, headache, dizziness, impaired consciousness and anosmia/ageusia are most frequent, but less frequent neurological deficits such as seizures, Guillain-Barre syndrome or ataxia may also occur. Herein we present a case of a 62-year-old man who developed a subacute cerebellar syndrome with limb-, truncal- and gait ataxia and scanning speech 1 day after clinical resolution of symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection of the upper airways. Apart from ataxia, there were no signs indicative of opsoclonus myoclonus ataxia syndrome or Miller Fisher syndrome. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed mild cerebellar atrophy. SARS-CoV-2 infection of the cerebellum was excluded by normal cerebrospinal fluid cell counts and, most importantly, absence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or intrathecal SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody production. Other causes of ataxia such as other viral infections, other autoimmune and/or paraneoplastic diseases or intoxication were ruled out. The neurological deficits improved rapidly after high-dose methylprednisolone therapy. The laboratory and clinical findings as well as the marked improvement after high-dose methylprednisolone therapy suggest a post-infectious, immune-mediated cause of ataxia. This report should make clinicians aware to consider SARS-CoV-2 infection as a potential cause of post-infectious neurological deficits with an atypical clinical presentation and to consider high-dose corticosteroid treatment in case that a post-infectious immune-mediated mechanism is assumed.

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Topics: Ataxia (72%), Cerebellar ataxia (67%), Gait Ataxia (61%) ... show more

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001276
Abstract: PURPOSE: To provide a summary of the neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) documented in the literature thus far. METHODS: The PubMed and Google Scholar databases were searched using the keywords: Neuro-Ophthalmology, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and coronavirus. A manual search through reference lists of relevant articles was also performed. RESULTS/CONCLUSIONS: The literature on COVID-associated neuro-ophthalmic disease continues to grow. Afferent neuro-ophthalmic complications associated with COVID-19 include optic neuritis, papillophlebitis, papilledema, visual disturbance associated with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, and vision loss caused by stroke. Efferent neuro-ophthalmic complications associated with COVID-19 include cranial neuropathies, Miller Fisher syndrome, Adie's pupils, ocular myasthenia gravis, nystagmus and eye movement disorders. Proposed mechanisms of neurologic disease include immunologic upregulation, vasodilation and vascular permeability, endothelial dysfunction, coagulopathy, and direct viral neurotropism. When patients present to medical centers with new onset neuro-ophthalmic conditions during the pandemic, COVID-19 infection should be kept on the differential.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30628-0
Puja Mehta1, Daniel F. McAuley2, Michael Brown3, Emilie Sanchez3  +3 moreInstitutions (5)
28 Mar 2020-The Lancet
Abstract: Published online March 13, 2020 1 Submissions should be made via our electronic submission system at thelancet/ However, in hyperinflammation, immunosuppression is likely to be beneficial. Re-analysis of data from a phase 3 randomised controlled trial of IL-1 blockade (anakinra) in sepsis, showed significant survival benefit in patients with hyperinflammation, without increased adverse events. A multicentre, randomised con trolled trial of tocilizumab (IL-6 receptor blockade, licensed for cytokine release syndrome), has been approved in patients with COVID-19: consider cytokine storm syndromes and immunosuppression

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1001/JAMANEUROL.2020.1127
Ling Mao1, Huijuan Jin1, Mengdie Wang1, Yu Hu1  +9 moreInstitutions (2)
01 Jan 2020-JAMA Neurology
Abstract: Importance The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, is serious and has the potential to become an epidemic worldwide. Several studies have described typical clinical manifestations including fever, cough, diarrhea, and fatigue. However, to our knowledge, it has not been reported that patients with COVID-19 had any neurologic manifestations. Objective To study the neurologic manifestations of patients with COVID-19. Design, Setting, and Participants This is a retrospective, observational case series. Data were collected from January 16, 2020, to February 19, 2020, at 3 designated special care centers for COVID-19 (Main District, West Branch, and Tumor Center) of the Union Hospital of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. The study included 214 consecutive hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection. Main Outcomes and Measures Clinical data were extracted from electronic medical records, and data of all neurologic symptoms were checked by 2 trained neurologists. Neurologic manifestations fell into 3 categories: central nervous system manifestations (dizziness, headache, impaired consciousness, acute cerebrovascular disease, ataxia, and seizure), peripheral nervous system manifestations (taste impairment, smell impairment, vision impairment, and nerve pain), and skeletal muscular injury manifestations. Results Of 214 patients (mean [SD] age, 52.7 [15.5] years; 87 men [40.7%]) with COVID-19, 126 patients (58.9%) had nonsevere infection and 88 patients (41.1%) had severe infection according to their respiratory status. Overall, 78 patients (36.4%) had neurologic manifestations. Compared with patients with nonsevere infection, patients with severe infection were older, had more underlying disorders, especially hypertension, and showed fewer typical symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and cough. Patients with more severe infection had neurologic manifestations, such as acute cerebrovascular diseases (5 [5.7%] vs 1 [0.8%]), impaired consciousness (13 [14.8%] vs 3 [2.4%]), and skeletal muscle injury (17 [19.3%] vs 6 [4.8%]). Conclusions and Relevance Patients with COVID-19 commonly have neurologic manifestations. During the epidemic period of COVID-19, when seeing patients with neurologic manifestations, clinicians should suspect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection as a differential diagnosis to avoid delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis and lose the chance to treat and prevent further transmission.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1021/ACSCHEMNEURO.0C00122
Abstract: The recent outbreak of coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) has gripped the world with apprehension and has evoked a scare of epic proportion regarding its potential to spread and infect ...

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009700
Marc Dinkin1, Virginia Gao1, Joshua Kahan1, Sarah M. Bobker1  +8 moreInstitutions (1)
04 Aug 2020-Neurology
Abstract: Neurologic complications of COVID-19 are not well described. We report 2 patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 after presenting with diplopia and ophthalmoparesis.

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Topics: Ophthalmoparesis (65%), Oculomotor nerve (56%), Diplopia (52%)

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1097/WCO.0B013E3280126B51
Agnes M. F. Wong1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Purpose of reviewThe aim of this article is to review opsoclonus, with particular emphasis on its immunopathogenesis and pathophysiology.Recent findingsInfections (West Nile virus, Lyme disease), neoplasms (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, renal adenocarcinoma), celiac disease, and allogeneic hematopoietic s

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