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[Correspondence] Parenteral antibiotics are not enough to prevent pneumonia in stroke – Authors’ reply

The susceptibility of patients with stroke to pneumonia has been well recognised,1 and its cause is multifactorial.2 Luciano Silvestri and colleagues rightly point out pathophysiological differences between early pneumonia after stroke, defined as within the first week after stroke onset, and late pneumonia, defined as after the first week. The Pneumonia In Stroke ConsEnsuS (PISCES) group has recently recommended reserving the term stroke-associated pneumonia for the spectrum of lower respiratory tract infections within the first 7 days after stroke onset.