Facial Diplegia as a Rare Late Neurologic Manifestation of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Casey Judge, Negar Moheb, Ramiro Castro Apolo, Joy L. Dupont, Michelle L. Gessner, Hussam A. Yacoub


Multiple recent publications have reported numerous neurologic complications of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Among these is Guillain-Barre syndrome and its variants, including facial diplegia. In this case we present a patient with facial diplegia following a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. The patient initially presented with respiratory symptoms and subsequently developed bilateral facial weakness approximately 3 weeks later prompting an emergency department (ED) visit. Extensive laboratory and imaging workup was negative for other etiologies. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis was notable only for mild elevation in white blood cells and protein. Patients with acute neurologic symptoms should be evaluated carefully regarding recent infections or possible exposures to help identify and minimize late complications of this novel virus.

J Neurol Res. 2020;10(6):235-236
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jnr606


COVID-19; Viral infections; Facial diplegia

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