UP webinar to focus on seizures, neurological symptoms, and COVID-19

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and researchers are still learning about all the different ways that the viral disease can affect the body. One of these is the impact of COVID-19 on the brain and the neurological system.

It has been found that patients who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 may also suffer neurological symptoms such as delirium, brain inflammation, nerve damage, stroke and others. These neurological problems pose particular challenges to clinical management. Another factor is the delay in emergency care for patients with neurological symptoms because of COVID-19 infection, leading to hypoxia or the deprivation of oxygen to a region of the body, and an increased risk of seizure recurrence or the development of new onset and acute symptomatic seizures.

For the 30th installment of the University of the Philippines’ webinar series “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, which will be held on November 13, 2020, at 12:00 noon, the focus will be on “Seizures in a COVID-19 Patient”. The case to be studied will be that of a 90-year-old man who showed neurological signs and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Several attempts were made to give the patient emergency care after he was turned down by seven hospitals, but the patient continued to deteriorate and developed seizures. How the seizures were related to COVID-19 will be discussed.

The presenter for this webinar is Dr. Athena Antonio, an EEG and Epilepsy Fellow at the Department of Neurosciences, UP Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH). Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, UP System Executive Vice President and Special Adviser to the National Task Force on COVID-19 is the guest speaker. Dr. Marc Fernandez, Associate Professor at the UP College of Medicine, will be the clinical discussant; while Dr. Leopoldo Vega, Health Undersecretary and Treatment Czar as well as head of the One Hospital Command Center, will be the health systems discussant.

The UP webinar series, “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, the very first online medical grand rounds in the Philippines, is organized by UP in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center, in cooperation with the UP Manila College of Medicine and UP PGH.

To participate in this webinar, please register at: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar30.