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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-86

A fatal case coronavirus disease 2019 – Associated acute hemorrhagic necrotizing encephalopathy

1 Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Mayotte Hospital, Paris, France
2 Department of Radiology, Mayotte Hospital, Paris, France
3 Department of Intensive Care Unit, Mayotte Hospital, Paris, France
4 IRD, Inserm, Univ Montpellier, TransVIHMI, Montpellier; African Public Health Association, Paris, France

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Issifou Yaya
IRD, Inserm, Univ Montpellier, TransVIHMI, Montpellier; African Public Health Association, Paris
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jgid.jgid_185_20

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been reported in association with a variety of brain imaging findings such as acute hemorrhagic necrotizing encephalopathy. To the best of our knowledge, we are reporting a second case of acute necrotizing hemorrhagic encephalopathy associated with COVID-19, which was fatal in a few hours in a 56-year-old male without a specific history. We claim that this case is important because this case shows that the unconscious patients are potentially infected by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and might cause the horizontal infection. In order to end the pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 diseases, the diagnosis of the disease must be prompt and not overlook any findings. We think that diffusion magnetic resonance imaging is a promising and useful sequence to evaluate the changes in brain tissue in the acute necrotizing encephalopathy.

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