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[Comment] Prevention of stroke-associated pneumonia: where next?

Prevention and treatment of complications, such as infection, are a mainstay of post-stroke care.1,2 However, even with dedicated care in a stroke unit, disorders such as stroke-associated pneumonia are a major challenge;2,3 and since this disorder is a substantial contributor to mortality and morbidity after stroke, new therapeutic approaches are urgently needed.3,4 Experimental studies and phase 2b randomised controlled trials5,6 raised hope that preventive anti-infective treatment with antibiotics might not only control infections, but also improve outcomes after stroke.