Delirium Associated with Salicylate and Acetaminophen Overdose in a Patient with COVID-19: A Case Report
- Author(s): Wen, Tyler H.
- Chu, Jason
- Allenspach, Danielle M.
- Van, David C.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2020.8.48559
Introduction: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created numerous clinical challenges for physicians, in part due to its wide range of clinical manifestations and associated complications.
Case Report: Here we present the case of a 69-year-old man who was admitted to the emergency department with fever, dyspnea, and altered mental status. We believe the patient’s condition was precipitated by a COVID-19 infection-induced delirium, a setting in which he ingested aspirin and acetaminophen in overdose that required lifesaving interventions.
Conclusion: This case illustrates the potential for neuropsychiatric effects in COVID-19 patients due to both direct viral central nervous system pathology and pandemic-related psychosocial stressors.