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Infection is a common complication in acute stroke1 and can affect patients with either cerebral infarction or cerebral haemorrhage. In most observational studies (such as those by Langhorne and colleagues2 and Aslanyan and colleagues3) the commonest post-stroke infections are of the chest (pneumonia) and of the urinary tract. These two infections can affect up to 20% of patients in the first few weeks …
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