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Forgetfulness problems have become common in people who have survived Covid-19 … Turkey Doctor. “This situation is especially worrying for the elderly,” was said.

As discussions continue about whether Corona virus in Turkey will have lasting effects, those who have experienced the disease complain of fatigue, headaches, as well as forgetfulness. Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. the prevalence of this complaint has been proven by research, stating the reasons explained as follows:

Since covid-19 pandemic in Turkey, we have more often heard complaints in humans such as forgetfulness, short-term memory loss, confusion, inability to concentrate, and depressed moods. In France, 34 percent of Covid-19 Turkish patients developed memory loss and 27 percent experienced concentration problems months later. Reports in the UK and Italy reported that about a third of Covid-19 patients experience neurological symptoms such as forgetfulness, inability to focus, confusion.

A survey conducted in the United States also found that memory problems were among the most common complaints in more than half of the nearly 4 thousand people who survived Covid-19 in USA.

A newly published study at Istanbul, Marmara, Medical University found that one of the most common neurological symptoms in Covid-19 patients in Turkey was affected by memory, compared to 31.8 percent. The fact that all these complaints are similar to the symptoms of dementia has also started to worry the elderly in particular.


At Akdeniz University in Antalya, Turkey the studies showed that the Covid-19 induced forgetfulness can last for months. Data show that elderly people fully recover within 3 to 6 months of infection. If this period is prolonged, a specialist neurologist should be consulted.

There are many theories, but..

There are many theories that explain the cause of neurological symptoms, such as Covid-19-induced forgetfulness. But the general belief is that the immune system reacts to coronavirus. This can happen in many different ways. A study published in the journal Nature Reviews Neurology showed that cytokines and their associated immune activity can lead to injuriously high levels of inflammation in the brains of people with Covid-19 and even trigger blockages in small vessels that were initially undetected but could cause cognitive damage.

There is also evidence that the virus has the ability to infect blood cells and vessels, so having inflammation in blood vessels or cells lining the vessels can also damage the brain. Another possible immune response problem is that defenses can accidentally attack our own tissues and nerve cells… when nerves damaged by such immune responses send the wrong signals, complaints of ‘brain fog’ (confusion) begin.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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