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Case description:


A 37-year-old female with PCR-RT swab for COVID-19 positive, with neurological manifestation as a result of internal carotid artery occlusion.


Clinical findings:


Nasal congestion and sneezing of 5 days duration; pulsatile headache in the left hemicrania 3 days prior to admission, with intensity 6/10 according to the visual analogue scale, accompanied by phosphenes, photophobia, and diplopia; with subsequent developing right hemiparesis over a 26-hour period.


Treatment and result:


He was given medical management with oral antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants (subcutaneous and oral) during his hospitalization, it was not possible to perform thrombolysis and thrombectomy due to the high risk of complications. He was discharged at 14 days, without functional limitation, symmetrical strength in upper and lower limbs, bilateral visual acuity 20/20, denying headache.


Clinical relevance:


The case presented here describes a pattern in how data supporting an association between COVID-19 and stroke in young populations with or without typical vascular risk factors, sometimes with only mild respiratory symptoms, is increasing. Prospective studies are required to further evaluate this association, as well as anticoagulation studies to prevent these potentially life-threatening events.

Escober Torres, J. E., Alvarez, Y., Bú, E., Bú, J., & Soto, M. (2020). Internal Carotid Artery Thrombosis in COVID 19. Case report. Colombia Medica, 51(3), e–504560. Retrieved from https://colombiamedica.univalle.edu.co/index.php/comedica/article/view/4560

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Received 2020-09-22
Accepted 2020-10-26
Published 2020-11-09