Monash research discovery aids fight to reduce post-stroke infection deaths—4 October 2016

ARC-supported research, led by Dr Connie Wong (ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recipient), has found that gut bacteria are the culprit in deadly post-stroke infections such as pneumonia, heralding a new approach to stroke patient management.

Monash research has found gut bacteria are the major cause of post-stroke infections, with bacteria able to take advantage of a stroke patient’s weakened immune system to travel through the body causing infection.

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers affecting one in six people, with the condition killing more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. In addition to brain injury, bacterial pneumonia infections are common in stroke patients, often leading to death.

Image: Dr Connie Wong, Monash School of Clinical Sciences.
Image courtesy: Monash University.

Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016