Researchers have identified three stages of neurological deficits caused by the coronavirus. Because many of them can be easily missed by medical providers, researchers suggests hospitalized COVID-19 patients undergo a brain MRI.

When a patient is admitted to the hospital with respiratory distress related to COVID-19, the critical care team is focused on life-saving measures and may miss more subtle signs of neurological damage that can lead to longterm problems, according to a new medical paper.

Strokes and brain hemorrhages in COVID-19 patients have been well-documented in studies, but milder neurological damage often can be missed by health care providers, said Dr. Majid Fotuhi, medical director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center in Northern Virginia.

That is why his research team recommends all hospitalized COVID-19 patients undergo a brain MRI before they are discharged. Doing so will help doctors catch any “silent” deficits.

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