Journal Article

Delayed central nervous system manifestation of Chikungunya virus with magnetic resonance T2 weighted imaging high signal changes—a case report

Preci L Hamilton and Garth Cruickshank

in Journal of Surgical Case Reports

Volume 2018, issue 6 ISSN: N/A
Published online June 2018 | e-ISSN: 2042-8812 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jscr/rjy134
Delayed central nervous system manifestation of Chikungunya virus with magnetic resonance T2 weighted imaging high signal changes—a case report

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Abstract

CHIKV is a relatively new virus and we are still learning about the illness. Very little is known about CNS its involvement and even less about its delayed or long-term manifestations if any. It therefore behoves us to consider delayed CNS involvement when assessing patients with CHIKV infections that may not have had an acute neurological manifestation at the time of diagnosis coupled with new onset neurological manifestations and MRI abnormalities. It seems likely that patients with CHIKV may experience delayed CNS manifestation of the viral infection. This report highlights the importance of a travel history when assessing patients with a neurological complaint. The pathway to best manage such cases is with repeated imaging to assess if the signal changes either progress, resolve or more importantly if there is any MRI correlation should changes in neurology develop during the surveillance period.

Journal Article.  1271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurosurgery

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