NEUROLOGY & NEUROSURGERY

The Neurology of COVID-19 Revisited

Dec. 18, 2020

A comprehensive review of current literature exposes substantial neurological impact in patients with COVID-19 and a pressing need to define the neurology of this novel disease. A proposed global effort could help the worldwide medical community understand the neurological involvement of COVID-19.

The Neurology of COVID-19 Revisited: A proposal from the Environmental Neurology Specialty Group of the World Federation of Neurology to implement international neurological registries, published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences and co-authored by Dr. Gustavo Román, the Jack S. Blanton Presidential Distinguished Chair for the Study of Neurological Disease at Houston Methodist, touches on many of the neurological manifestations observed in patients across the world. This information is patchy due to the onslaught the pandemic outbreak has had on the medical community. Still, epidemiological studies are urgently needed to provide solid information on the neurology of COVID-19, its frequency, manifestations, neuropathology and pathogenesis.

On behalf of the World Federation of Neurology the authors ask neurological societies around the world to create databases to report cases with neurological manifestations observed during the ongoing pandemic. Neurologists and physicians at the front line of the pandemic are asked to report to each society all cases of new-onset, acute, delayed and long-latency neurological disorders associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

International collaboration may help define the natural history of this worldwide problem. For more information, please see the full article in the Journal of Neurological Sciences here.