Over the past several months, the novel coronavirus pandemic has created a new set of challenges for patients suffering from neurological disorders. Since COVID-19 is a new disease, little is known about the long-term effects the virus can have on the brain let alone recommendations for monitoring or treatment.
Early studies have shown a direct link between COVID-19 and central nervous system issues. In some cases, researchers have even identified a specific EEG pattern in COVID-19 patients. While COVID-19 is often detected after patients present other symptoms, detecting neurological changes early could prove crucial to identifying positive patients. Patients who develop acute neurological symptoms with COVID-19 should be evaluated urgently with an EEG scan and receive regular follow-up care for months after recovery to ensure lingering or worsening symptoms do not develop.
Of course, EEG scans are not just for COVID-19 patients. EEGs can also diagnose and monitor seizure and sleep disorders, changes in behavior and evaluate brain activity following a severe head injury or even before an organ transplant. At Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Mullica Hill our EEG technicians have the training and knowledge required to provide a clear diagnose your patient’s condition. With experience ranging from neonates to geriatrics, our staff builds a trusting relationship with patients, as well as providers, to lessen anxiety and improve the patient experience.
To ensure your patients are receiving high-quality neurological care, have their EEG done by a trained Inspira Health EEG technician at one of our safe and convenient sites. Appointments can be made by submitting an online request form, or by calling 1-800-INSPIRA.
Asadi-Pooya, Ali A. Central Nervous System Manifestations of COVID-19: A Systematic Review; Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Volume 413, 15 June 2020.
Vellieux, Geoffroy; Rouvel-Tallec, Anny. COVID-19 associated encephalopathy: Is there a specific EEG pattern? Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection, 24 June 2020.