Infection is a common complication after stroke, affecting between 15% and 30% of patients. The predictors for post-stroke infection can be divided into three categories: clinical factors, anatomical (stroke related) factors and immunological factors. The relation between the occurrence of a post-stroke infection and functional outcome remained subject of debate, but it seems likely that the occurrence of these infections have a causal relation with poor functional outcome and mortality. 

It has now become clear that, despite the finding that overall infections are reduced, preventive antibiotic therapy in the acute phase of stroke does neither improve functional outcome, nor decrease mortality rates.
Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins, Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke spoke to Dr Jan-Dirk Vermeij from the Department of Neurology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam and submitting author of the paper Post-stroke infections and preventive antibiotics in stroke: update of clinical evidence.

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1747493018798557

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