Anosmia, Ageusia, Dysphagia and Death: A Case Series of Patients Admitted for COVID-19

Abstract

1. Abstract
1.1. Introduction: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has reached every corners of the world killing more than 6.1 million patients worldwide. Anosmia and ageusia are relatively common manifestations of this disease. Dysphagia resulting from prolonged hospitalization and ageusia increases risk of aspiration and death. Case presentation: We present four cases of dysphagia in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection that had no history of dysphagia. In all of these patients the dysphagia complicated their hospital course and in one case led to the patient’s death. Discussion: Severe COVID-19 infection with ageusia can lead to significant disuse atrophy of oropharyngeal muscles and recent data indicating the neuroinvasive nature of COVID-19, the potential for dysphagia sequalae of COVID-19 disease should not be dismissed.