Some Comments for Better Understanding of the Study Entitled “Reduced Vitamin D Levels are Associated with Stroke-Associated Pneumonia in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke” [Letter]
Gulistan Bahat, 1 Serdar Ozkok, 1 Savaş Ozturk, 2 Mehmet Akif Karan 1
1Istanbul University, Istanbul Medical School, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Istanbul, Turkey; 2Istanbul Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
Correspondence: Gulistan Bahat Tel +90 212 414 20 00 Ext. 31478
We have read the article by Huang et al with great interest. 1 Authors aimed to reveal the relationship between serum vitamin D levels and stroke-associated pneumonia (SAP). They measured the serum vitamin D levels of the acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients within 24 hrs of admission and divided them into three groups accordingly. Compared to the patients without SAP, patients with SAP had significantly lower vitamin D levels. The prevalence of SAP was higher in the vitamin D deficient group. In the logistic regression analysis, it was detected that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency were independently associated with SAP.
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