Risk factors for pneumonia in patients with acute stroke.

  title={Risk factors for pneumonia in patients with acute stroke.},
  author={Rainer Dziewas and Florian St{\"o}gbauer and Peter L{\"u}demann},
  volume={34 8},
          e105; author reply e105
To the Editor: In their recent study, Hilker et al found a 21% incidence of nosocomial pneumonia in acute stroke patients treated on a neurological intensive care unit.1 Independent risk factors were mechanical ventilation, multiple lesion and vertebrobasilar stroke, dysphagia, and abnormal chest x-ray on admission. Patients with intercurrent pneumonia had a higher mortality and a poorer functional outcome than patients without pneumonia. Although these results are of great significance and… CONTINUE READING