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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.123, No.2, p.140–143, 2022

Title: Influence of COVID-19 disease on subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage
Author: S. Kafadar, S. C. Yucetas, I. Gezgin, H. Kaya, U. Gulacti, O. Bilek

Abstract: This study aims to make a comparative evaluation of the change in the incidence of intracranial hemorrhage [intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)] cases that attended our hospital in the Covid-19 pandemic period with that of the same term one year ago. This study included 80 patients diagnosed with ICH and/or SAH in the period that started with the pandemic in 2020. It was determined that 51 patients had been diagnosed with ICH and/or SAH during the same period of 2019. A total of 131 ICH and SAH patients (2019; n=51, 39%; and 2020; n=80, 61 %) having an average age of 64.52±7.33 including 66 women (50.4 %) were included in the study in the nine -month follow-up periods covering the period of March-November of 2019 and 2020, respectively. It was determined that the number of patients diagnosed with ICH and SAH during the pandemic was higher than the number of those who attended our clinic in 2019 (80 vs 51) and that they were older (65.76±6.56 years vs 62.57±8.09 years) (p=0.014 and p=0.026, respectively). The incidence and distribution of ICH and SAH among the patients were similar (p >0.05). It was determined that in 1 patient, ICH and SAH co-existed. In the study, it was determined that among the patients treated for intracranial hemorrhage in 2020, 32.5 % were diagnosed with COVID-19 as validated by positive nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 PCR. The evaluation of the patients in 2020 revealed that the average age and ICH and SAH incidence in COVID-19 (+) and COVID-19 (–) patients were similar. Although increased incidence of acute intracranial hemorrhage has been observed during COVID-19 pandemic a athophysiological correlation between the two clinical presentations could not be clearly demonstrated. When rapidly progressing neurological deterioration findings are present in COVID-19 patients, existence of intracranial hemorrhage should always be considered (Tab. 2, Ref. 21).

Keywords: subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, COVID-19
Published online: 23-Jan-2022
Year: 2022, Volume: 123, Issue: 2 Page From: 140, Page To: 143
doi:10.4149/BLL_2022_024


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