Researchers discover three teens who developed psychiatric issues after Covid ...

Researchers discover three teens who developed psychiatric issues after Covid ...
Researchers discover three teens who developed psychiatric issues after Covid ...

Three California teenagers have been found to have developed psychiatric symptoms as a result of COVID-19 infection, in what is a rare but terrifying side-effect of the virus many assume younger people are safe from.

A research team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), performed case studies on the three teens to examine how exactly this occurred.

Each of the three teens have very different cases and difference backgrounds, making the symptoms especially confusing.

While three cases is not enough to draw widescale conclusions about the virus, researchers believe the symptoms could be the result of an immune response that causes inflammation in certain parts of the brain.

Researchers have investigated at least three cases of teenagers experiencing psychiatric symptoms after contracting Covid. One of the patients is still feeling the symptoms after six months of treatment. One of the researchers told DailyMail.com that they believe it could be a result of a person's brain becoming inflamed as part of an immune response to the virus (file photo)

Researchers have investigated at least three cases of teenagers experiencing psychiatric symptoms after contracting Covid. One of the patients is still feeling the symptoms after six months of treatment. One of the researchers told DailyMail.com that they believe it could be a result of a person's brain becoming inflamed as part of an immune response to the virus (file photo)

The UCSF research team, who published their findings in JAMA Neurology on Monday, gathered medical testing and screening data from the three patients while they were hospitalized due to their psychiatric issues.

Dr Sam Pleasure, a neurology professor at UCSF and co-author of the study, told the DailyMail.com that there is an established link between viral infections similar to Covid and these types of psychiatric issues.

'As neurologists, we are used to thinking about these things are occurring post infectious phenomena,' he said.

'We know based on the literature on SARS that there were a reasonable amount of incidence.'

Nearly two decades ago, when SARS, or SARS-CoV-1, initially had an outbreak in Asia, there was a string of people displaying psychological issues that experts believe could have been caused by the virus.

While a causal association can not be established, researchers are confident that the phenomena is not a coincidence.

Now with COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2, researchers are beginning to detect the same link between the viral infection and these types of issues. 

Like many other organs, the brain can become inflamed as a result of a person's immune system fighting the virus.

If the part of the brain that controls a person's thoughts become inflamed, Pleasure says, then it is possible that they will face psychiatric issues.

The first patient in the case study

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