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inflammation

Friday 6 January 2006

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Definition : Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants, and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators.

The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and initiate tissue repair.

Types

- acute inflammation
- chronic inflammation

Etiology

- lesional inflammation
- infectious inflammation
- dysinflammatory inflammation
- dysimmune inflammation

Localization (Examples)

- pharyngeal inflammation
- digestive inflammation
- pulmonary inflammation
- genital inflammation

See also

- tissular anomalies

References

- Rocha e Silva M. A brief survey of the history of inflammation. Agents Actions. 1978 Jan;8(1-2):45-9. PMID: 76437