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.