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COVID-19 associated multiple cranial neuropathies

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The polymorphism of the clinical manifestations of coronavirus infection often creates great diagnostic difficulties for the practitioners, especially in patients with a predominance of neurological symptoms. Of the latter, cranial neuropathies take a particular place, as they may be either one of the first symptoms or appear during the disease progression. Impairment of smell and taste is considered an early manifestation of SARS-CoV2 infection. Similar to the involvement of the olfactory bulb, multiple cranial nerves involvement (for example, VII, VI, and III) has been described. Patients with COVID-19 associated multiple cranial neuropathies are more likely to experience partial recovery of impaired function. We present and discuss a rare case of COVID-19 associated multiple cranial neuropathies with a sequential involvement of the olfactory (I), right visual (II), frontal branch of the trigeminal (V), facial (VII), and hypoglossal (XII) nerves. Data on clinical manifestations and diagnostic criteria for this form of pathology are presented. 

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M. Yu. Maksimova
Research Center of Neurology
Russian Federation

80, Volokolamskoe Shosse, Moscow 125367

Ya. O. Grusha
Research Institute of Eye Diseases; I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation

11A,B, Rossolimo St., Build. 1, Moscow 119021;

Department of Eye Diseases, 8, Trubetskaya St., Build. 2, Moscow 119991

E. I. Fettser
Research Institute of Eye Diseases; I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation

11A,B, Rossolimo St., Build. 1, Moscow 119021;

Department of Eye Diseases, 8, Trubetskaya St., Build. 2, Moscow 119991


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Maksimova M.Yu., Grusha Y.O., Fettser E.I. COVID-19 associated multiple cranial neuropathies. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2022;14(1):99-103. (In Russ.)

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