SARS-CoV-2 an infection could also be a set off of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-associated dysfunction
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The coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) precipitates neurological signs for which the triggering of autoantibody illnesses within the host may very well be a causative issue.

Study: SARS-COV-2 a set off of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-associated dysfunction. Image Credit: CROCOTHERY/Shutterstock


Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein-Associated Disorder (MOGAD) – a demyelinating situation of the central nervous system (CNS), may very well be monophasic or relapsing and is characterised by the presence of antibodies to the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG).

Reports recommend that extreme acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) might induce MOGAD, owing to the upper incidence of SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin (Ig)G antibodies in these sufferers. Another research depicted that anti-MOG positivity was proven by only one amongst 15 post-COVID-19 sufferers with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) or acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis.

A latest article printed within the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology reported 4 circumstances of MOGAD that commenced after SARS-CoV-2 an infection. This paper additionally reviewed earlier case reviews with related associations – emphasizing the function of SARS-CoV-2 within the pathogenesis of MOGAD. All 4 sufferers have been identified with MOGAD post-COVID-19 in Västra Götaland County.

Case 1: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis

A 25-year-old woman offered with fever and headache and was detected PCR-positive for SARS-CoV-2. She skilled extreme paraparesis, hypesthesia, decreased consciousness, in addition to urinary retention for two weeks.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the mind and spinal twine confirmed a number of non-enhancing cerebral parenchymal and spinal cervicothoracic high-intensity lesions (T2). The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) confirmed two oligoclonal IgG bands.

The affected person was identified with ADEM; she was began on i.v. methylprednisolone 1 g for five days. The diagnostic workup for SARS-CoV-2 and serum IgG aquaporin-4 (AQP4)-antibodies have been detrimental whereas anti-MOG IgG confirmed a constructive consequence (1:1000).

The MRI was repeated after two weeks, which exhibited new non-contrast enhancing excessive sign lesions on T2/fluid-attenuated inversion restoration (FLAIR). These lesions have been noticed within the corpus callosum, pons, mesencephalon, and progress of intramedullary lesions within the cervical and thoracic spinal twine, and included distinction enhancement from (thoracic spines) Th6-Th9.

The affected person was prescribed a brand new course of intravenous steroids, which was adopted by plasmapheresis classes for 5 days. Thereafter, methotrexate and gradual tapering of oral prednisolone was given.

After 4 weeks, the affected person elicited a relapse of optic neuritis with edema of the optic disc. MRI confirmed a brand new lesion within the cerebellar peduncle. The affected person confirmed full radiological (MRI) decision of the cerebral and spinal lesions 4 months after MOGAD onset after present process a brand new course of excessive dose i.v. steroids.

The affected person has continued on prednisolone 10 mg day by day and methotrexate 15 mg weekly. She had a minor decrease extremity dysesthesia and bladder dysfunction.

Case 2: Bilateral optic neuritis and myelitis

A 20-year-old man was PCR constructive for SARS-CoV-2 with minor respiratory signs. He had a historical past of persona dysfunction and substance abuse. The affected person offered with a gradual onset of headache, again ache, urinary retention, lowered imaginative and prescient, photo-and phonophobia, extreme paraparesis, and hemianesthesia, eight weeks post-infection.  

Neuro-ophthalmologic examination and OCT confirmed bilateral optic disc edema, impaired visible acuity and shade imaginative and prescient indicating optic neuritis. MRI spinal twine exhibited conspicuous medullary T2 lesions from Th9 to conus medullaris, together with small focal lesions at Th7 and (cervical backbone) C6 ranges, and a slight distinction enhancement at Th9-Th11. Serum MOG-antibody check confirmed constructive (1:100 titer), whereas the anti-AQP4 antibody check was detrimental.

The affected person was detrimental for infectious or rheumatological findings. He was prescribed plasmapheresis (5 consecutive days), adopted by i.v. methylprednisolone 1 g/day for 3 days. Thereafter, the affected person commenced on oral prednisolone tapered to 10 mg/day and 15 mg methotrexate weekly. Six months of remedy led to enhancements and he had solely average residual paraparesis.

Case 3: Bilateral optic neuritis

A 29-year-old man offered with bilateral visible impairment and frontal headache. He had been identified with COVID-19 – 15 days prior. No different related medical or drug historical past was evident.

He was identified with papillitis because of optic neuritis; OCT revealed bilateral optic disc edema. An intensive neurological examination didn’t elicit any deficit; the MRI mind was regular. Lumbar puncture depicted regular opening stress, CSF white blood cells, and protein ranges, whereas the oligoclonal IgG bands have been detrimental.

The affected person was began on methylprednisolone i.v. 1 g/day for 3 days. The affected person was then prescribed oral prednisolone tapered at 10 mg/day.

The serum AQP4-antibodies have been detrimental and anti-MOG IgG was constructive (1:100 titer). One month post-therapy, the affected person’s imaginative and prescient normalized. Follow-up after six weeks rendered an anti-MOG serum titer of 1:10 which grew to become detrimental 4 months after the optic neuritis prognosis.

Case 4: Unilateral optic neuritis

A 60-year-old Chinese girl had COVID-19 signs of fever, chilly, dyspnea, and myalgia. She was PCR constructive for SARS-CoV-2. She was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) because of respiratory insufficiency and was placed on oxygen; the affected person was additionally administered oral betamethasone and rivaroxaban. After enhancements in her signs, the affected person was discharged.

Fifty-four days after the onset of COVID-19 signs the woman complained of right-sided eye ache and was identified with unilateral optic neuritis with papillitis. On examination, she had lowered visible acuity – 20/100.

MRI displayed edema and distinction enhancement in the proper optic nerve with out a important pathology within the cerebral parenchyma or the spinal twine. The CSF cell rely, albumin, and neurofilament mild chain (NfL) have been regular with no oligoclonal IgG bands.

The affected person was given methylprednisolone 1 g/day for 3 days after which, gradual tapering prednisolone. Serology testing disclosed a detrimental anti-AQP4 and constructive MOG-antibodies (1:1000 titer).


This paper reported 4 MOGAD diagnoses shortly after contracting COVID-19. The proof was in keeping with the post-infectious immune-mediated response related to SARS-CoV-2 an infection. The imply latency interval after COVID-19 onset to MOGAD manifestation was 33 days––with a spread of 14-56 days. An identical latency of 10-42 days was noticed in sufferers with SARS-CoV-2 an infection who offered with acute transverse myelitis as a post-infectious immune-mediated response.

To conclude, MOGAD onset was intently related to prior COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 an infection, and this was implicated in the upper MOGAD incidence in Västra Götaland County through the pandemic.

Journal reference:

Johnsson, M., Asztely, F., Hejnebo, S., et al. (2022). SARS‐COV-2 a set off of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein‐related dysfunction. Annals Of Clinical And Translational Neurology. doi: 10.1002/acn3.51609.

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