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Question: COVID-19 appears to increase the risk of ischemic stroke. Possible mechanisms include:

20% of
Medical Professionals
Chose A

 

8% of
Medical Professionals
Chose B

 

6% of
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Chose C

67% of
Medical Professionals
Chose D


Answer: D. Preliminary observational evidence suggests that infection with SARS-CoV-2 can cause stroke via hypercoagulability, endothelial dysfunction, and/or cardiogenic embolism. One study from a center in New York City reported an unusually high number of patients (five) younger than 50 years of age who presented over a two-week period with large-vessel ischemic stroke; tests for SARS-CoV-2 were positive in all five. Other reports also suggest that COVID-19 is associated with large-vessel ischemic stroke in young adults with few or no vascular risk factors. As you can see from the results above, it's a challenge to always identify the correct diagnosis. To subscribe to UpToDate today, click the button down below. UpToDate offers 1, 2, and 3-year subscriptions and group subscription options that provide even better value.

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