Encephalopathy in a Young Female With COVID-19: A Case Report
acute encephalitis, autoimmune encephalitis, autoimmune encephalopathy, corticosteroids, covid-19
Internal Medicine | Nervous System Diseases | Virus Diseases
Cases of severe central nervous system (CNS) complications have been reported in relation to coronavirus-19 (COVID-19). Cases of encephalitis have been reported primarily in older patients with multiple comorbidities. We present a case of encephalitis in a young female patient with a history of chronic marijuana use that presented with nausea, vomiting, and acute altered mental status. Extensive testing for infectious and autoimmune causes of encephalitis were negative, except for a positive COVID-19 test. She was treated with steroids and intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) and improved with residual mutism.
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Kim A, Valdez C, Truman W, Trad G, Solomon C, McWhorter Y. Encephalopathy in a Young Female With COVID-19: A Case Report. Cureus. 2023;15(4):e37373. doi:10.7759/cureus.37373