Sajjad Ali, Mohammad Wasay.
Chronic infections and risk of Stroke: Possible explanation for cryptogenic Stroke.
Infect Dis J Jan ;13(2):41-6.
The association of certain infections as a potential cause of stroke has been known for some time. The complications of bacterial or fungal endocarditis resulting in emboli, mycotic aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage; meningeal infiltration by spirochetes and inflammatory cells seen in neurosyphilis; strokes by direct invasion of cerebral blood vessels in tuberculous meningitis as well as other basilar meningitides; and cerebral vasculitis in association with varicella zoster infection are the few examples. More recent interest has been focused on chronic infections by common organisms such as Helicobacter Pylori and Chlamydia Pneumonie and their role in atherosclerosis processes. This article reviews the current literature highlighting the association of these infections to atherosclerotic processes which ultimately result in strokes. This is a review article.
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