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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 591--595

Evaluation of Neuropatic Pain Features in COVID-19 Patients

1 Department of Neurology, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Faculty of Medicine, Çanakkale, Turkey
2 Department of Family Medicine, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Faculty of Medicine, Çanakkale, Turkey

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Dr. Erkan Melih Sahin
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Aile Hekimliği AD, Barbaros Mah. Terzioğlu Kampüsü, Çanakkale 17020
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.344625

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Background: Pain is a common complaint in COVID-19 disease. Neurotrophic features of the COVID virus are reported. Neuropathic pain is seen during many viral infections and observed during the COVID-19 pandemic part of the clinical presentations. Objective: The aim of this is to evaluate neuroptic pain as presenting symptom in COVID-19 patients. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study, adult patients (18 years and older) who applied to the COVID Outpatient Clinic completed the demographic data form and the neuropathic pain questionnaire. The patients were divided into positive and negative according to the PCR test results and the presence of neuropathic pain was compared. Results: In total, 440 participants included in the study. Among 301 who stated to had any complaints, 197 (65.4%) had pain. The intensity of their pain was 5.8 ± 2.4 (0 – no pain and 10 – the most severe pain of life). Neuropathic pain component was present in 29.2% of the patients. Among the first admissions, neuropathic pain component was observed significantly higher in those with positive PCR test (55.0%) than negative ones (23.8%), and the Odd's ratio was calculated as 3.911. Conclusions: COVID-19 virus is thought to have neuroinvasion and neurotropic effects. In this study, neuropathic pain specifically was evaluated in COVID-19 patients, and the frequency of neuropathic pain was significantly higher in PCR confirmed COVID-19 patients at the onset of the disease.


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