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inflammatory process

Monday 3 November 2003

Definition: Inflammation is a complex reaction to injurious agents such as microbes and damaged, usually necrotic, cells that consists of vascular responses, migration and activation of leukocytes, and systemic reactions.

Stages of inflammation

Stage 1 - acute inflammation

  • vascular step
  • cellular step

Stage 2 - chronic inflammation

  • eosinophilic inflammation

Stage 3 - tissue repair


- Neutrophils going to the site of infection

- Lymphocyte homing to a wounded area

See also

- history of inflammation
- eicosanoids metabolism


- Reed CE, Kita H. The role of protease activation of inflammation in allergic respiratory diseases. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2004 Nov;114(5):997-1008; PMID: #15536399#