Locked-in Syndrome in a Young Patient Due to SARS-CoV-2: A Case Report

S. B. A. Sattar, GME
Q. Z. Iqbal, GME
M. A. Haider
Z. Zia, GME
M. R. K. Niazi, GME
M. Hanif
M. J. Ali
M. A. Khan

Abstract

© Copyright © 2020 Sattar, Iqbal, Haider, Zia, Niazi, Hanif, Ali and Khan. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), apart from commonly involving the respiratory system, has its impact on the central nervous system, with a wide spectrum of clinical presentations ranging from headaches to ischemic strokes. The ongoing research regarding this novel disease has found that there is a very high prevalence of thrombotic episodes especially in critically ill patients when compared to severe presentation of other viral illnesses. This COVID-19-associated coagulopathy has a very complex etiology with the ability to form thrombus in arteries, veins, and microvasculatures of different organs. We present a unique case of a young woman with underlying COVID-19 who unfortunately developed locked-in syndrome due to bilateral pontine infarction during the course of her illness.