Overall, the estimated incidence of diagnosis of a neurological or mental disorder after COVID-19 infection was 34 percent, and for 13 percent of these people it was the first recorded neurological or psychiatric diagnosis.
The most common diagnoses after COVID-19 were anxiety disorders (occurring in 17 percent of patients), mood disorders (14 percent), substance abuse disorders (7 percent), and insomnia (5 percent). The incidence of neurological outcomes was lower, including 0.6 percent for cerebral hemorrhage, 2.1 percent for ischemic stroke, and 0.7 percent for dementia.
“These are actual data from a large number of patients. They confirm the high rate of psychiatric diagnoses after COVID-19 and show that serious disorders affecting the nervous system (such as stroke and dementia) also occur. They are much rarer, significant, especially in those who had severe COVID-19, ”said Professor Paul Harrison, lead author of the study, from the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University.
“Although individual risks for most disorders are small, the impact on the entire population can be significant for health and social systems because of the scale of the pandemic and because many of these conditions are chronic. As a result, health systems need to have the resources to deal with expected needs, both within primary and secondary care services, “he said.
This latest study analyzed data from the electronic health records of 236,379 COVID-19 patients from the U.S.-based TriNetX network, which includes more than 81 million people.
This group was compared with 105,579 patients diagnosed with influenza and 236,038 patients diagnosed with any respiratory tract infection (including influenza).
“Our results show that brain diseases and psychiatric disorders are more common after COVID-19 than after influenza or other respiratory infections, even when patients coincide with other risk factors,” said Dr. Max Taquet, co-author of the study from Oxford University.
“Now we need to see what happens after six months. The study cannot reveal the mechanisms involved, but it indicates the need for urgent research to identify them, with the goal of prevention or treatment,” he said.
Their peer-reviewed paper, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, was funded by the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Center (NIHR).
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