Neurological complications in critical care of patients with COVID-19


  • Neurological complications were rare, reported in only 2.6% of 2,750 hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The most common complications included neuromuscular disorders, cerebrovascular disease, acute encephalopathy, and seizures.

Why this matters

  • Neurological complications of COVID-19 were reported from an early stage in the global pandemic. Mild complications included myalgia, dizziness, and headache, with encephalopathy, corticospinal tract signs and cerebrovascular disease reported in patients with more severe disease.

  • The pathogenesis and types of neurological manifestations associated with COVID-19 remain poorly understood.