Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2020, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (2): 138-141.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2020.200031

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Aspiration Pneumonia Caused by Neuromyelitis Optica in a Patient with Suspected COVID-19

Yuanyuan Zhao, MDa, Jie Liu, MDb, Shengzheng Wu, MDa, Weihua Li, MDc, Keyan Li, MDa, Zhiye Chen, MDd, Dudu Wu, MDa, Ming Zhang, MDc, Ningbo Zhang, MDc, Xuan Zhoub, Xuexia Shana, Shunji Gao, MDe,*(), Faqin Lv, MDa,f,*()   

  1. a Department of Ultrasound, Hainan Hospital of PLA General Hospital, Sanya, China
    b Department of Emergency, Hainan Hospital of PLA General Hospital, Sanya, China
    c Sansha People’s Hospital, Sansha, China
    d Department of Radiology, Hainan Hospital of PLA General Hospital, Sanya, China
    e Department of Ultrasound, General Hospital of Central Military Command Theater, Wuhan, China
    f Department of Ultrasound, The First Medical Center of PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Received:2020-04-01 Online:2020-06-30 Published:2020-04-23
  • Contact: Shunji Gao, MD,Faqin Lv, MD,;


Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is an idiopathic autoimmune inflammatory disorder which is characterized by central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating. Common symptoms of area postrema clinical syndrome (APS) include intractable hiccup, nausea and vomit which may lead to aspiration pneumonia. In this article, we report a patient with suspicious COVID-19 infection and complicated with NMOSD and aspiration pneumonia. The question still remains that whether 2019-nCoV could infect CNS and cause NMO.

Key words: Neuromyelitis optica; Aspiration pneumonia; COVID-19