COVID-19-induced hepatic encephalopathy: A case report

Abstract

By the end of December 2019, a single stranded ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus, Coronavirus, was said to be responsible for an outbreak of respiratory infections of unknown origin in Wuhan, China. Globally, this virus has caused over 160,000 deaths and is expected to increase as the pandemic continues. The majority of patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection present symptomatically with fever, shortness of breath, or cough; however, given that the Coronavirus targets the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 receptors (ACE2), it has been suspected that the virus also exhibits neuroinvasive effects. We present a case of a 32-year-old man with a one-week history of progressive shortness of breath, myalgias, arthralgias, fever peaks, who tested positive for COVID-19 and developed acute hepatic encephalopathy with altered mental status.

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