Axonal polineuropathy associated with Sars-CoV 2 infection: A case report

Caterina Tramonti, Elena Vatteroni, Francesco Iacopini, Valentina Carli, Martina Iardella

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Abstract

World healthcare systems are dealing with the pandemic of the severe Coronavirus disease 19 (Covid-19). Covid-19 neurological manifestations affecting both central and peripheral nervous systems have been reported. We describe the case of 44-year-old patient, who was admitted to our Rehabilitation Unit after discharge from intensive care unit for severe Covid-19 related respiratory failure. Neurophysiological investigation revealed an axonal polineuropathy with impairment both of sensory and motor component. He underwent a comprehensive rehabilitation treatment, including breathing exercises and motor rehabilitation. Despite rapid and effective diagnosis and customized progressive rehabilitation treatment, significant improvement in sensory-motor abnormalities has begun but distal complete recovery was not achieved. Indeed, complete indipendence during walking has been partially reached: patient constantly needs two sticks and wears two ankle-foot orthosis during ambulatory function. Nowadays, exploring the neurologic manifestations of Covid-19 may represent a step towards better understanding the virus, preventing longterm sequela and rehabilitation concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9900
JournalEuropean Journal of Translational Myology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Exercise therapy
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Peripheral nervous system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cell Biology

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