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Monday 17 October 2005

- Suppurative or purulent inflammation is characterized by the production of large amounts of pus or purulent exudate consisting of neutrophils, necrotic cells, and edema fluid (suppuration).

- Certain bacteria (e.g., staphylococci) produce this localized suppuration and are therefore referred to as pyogenic (pus-producing) bacteria.

- A common example of an acute suppurative inflammation is acute appendicitis.

- Abscesses are localized collections of purulent inflammatory tissue caused by suppuration buried in a tissue, an organ, or a confined space.

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