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Two Rare Neurologic Conditions Linked to COVID-19

Two rare neurologic conditions in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 add more evidence that unusual neurologic manifestations can arise in patients infected with the virus.

A 50-year-old man developed Miller Fisher syndrome and a 39-year-old man developed polyneuritis cranialis.

Both are variants of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which physicians in China and Italy also linked to COVID-19 infection, as previously reported by Medscape Medical News.


In both cases, physicians made the diagnoses based on abnormal eye examinations. The two patients responded to treatment and improved over 2 weeks, with only the 50-year-old featuring residual symptoms of anosmia and ageusia.

The report was published online April 17 in Neurology.


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