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 Define chronic inflammation?

•Inflammation in which the cell population is especially


–Plasma cells


•Features tissue or organ damage, (necrosis), loss of function.

•Healing and repair

–granulation tissue

–scarring and fibrosis

•May follow from ongoing acute inflammation

•But also arises as primary pathology

•Tends to be long-term


How is chronic inflamtion represented Clinically?

•Often no specific “sore bit”

•Malaise and weight loss

–tuberculosis (lung, lymph node) – systemic effect

•Loss of function

–autoimmune thyroiditis (functional gland destruction) – hypothyroidism



When do we see chronic inflammation?

•Arising from acute inflammation

–follows on from acute

–inability to remove debris

–fails to resolve – ongoing acute insult

•Arising as a primary lesion

–only see chronic changes


What is the big picture of granulation in organisation as an outcome of acute inflammation?

•Granulation tissue is characteristic of organisation

•Results in healing and repair

•Leads to fibrosis and formation of a scar


 What is the granulation tissue mechanism and function?

•Capillaries grow into inflammatory mass

•Macrophages from blood and tissue

•Fibroblasts lay down collagen to repair damaged tissue

•Collagen replaces inflammatory exudate


•patches tissue defects

•replaces dead or necrotic tissue

•contracts and pulls together


What are the products of granulation tissue?

•Fbrous tissue - scar

•Fibrosis as a problem

–adhesions between loops of bowel following peritonitis

•Can progress to chronic inflammation


What are the type of diseases which occur as a primary chronic inflammation?

•Autoimmune disease:

–Autoantibodies directed against own cell and tissue components – autoantigens

–Damage or destroy organs, tissues, cells, cell components

–Thyroiditis, rheumatoid disease, 


What are the main cells involved in primary chronic inflamation?

  • Lymphocytes
  • Plasma cells
  • Macrophages
  • Fibrosis


What are the causes of chronic inflamation?

1. Material resistant to digestion


2. Exogenous substances

– Metal

3. Endogenous substances

– Keratin

–Cannot easily be phagocytosed

4.Granulomatous inflammation common


What are lymphocytes?

•Cells that are part of immune system

•Main types of lymphocyte



•Main functions

–Immune response

–Immune memory


What is a Plasma cell?

•Differentiated B-cell

•Antibody production



Briefly describe B-cell mechanisms?

•Differentiate to plasma cells


•Facilitate immune response

•Act with macrophages

–antigen presenting capacity

•Immune memory


Briefly describe T-cell mechanisms?

•T-cells produce cytokines

–Attract and hold macrophages

–Activate macrophages

–Other cells eg lymphocytes

•Damage and kill (lyse) other cells and destroy antigen

–Chemical mechanisms - granule proteins


Briefly describe NK-cell mechanisms?

•NK cell destroy antigens and cells

–chemical mechanisms - granule proteins


what are Macrophages?

•Removes debris

•Role in immune system - antigen presenting cell

•Monocyte, histiocyte, activated macrophage, epithelioid cell, giant cell

•Bone marrow, blood tissues


Briefly describe macrophage mechanisms?

•Motile phagocyte move from blood

•Long lived

•Take over from neutrophils

•Contain enzymes eg lysozyme

•Produce interferons and other chemicals

–destroy, influence process


What are fibroblasts and their function?

•Motile cells

•Metabolically active

•Make and assemble structural proteins


–various types


Summary of outcome

•Ongoing tissue damage and destruction

•Insidious loss of function

•Cellular and stromal response

–granulation tissue, angiogenesis

•Scarring and fibrosis

•Granuloma formation


Granulomatous inflammation

•Characterised by presence of granulomas (granulomata) in tissues and organs

•Stimulated by indigestible antigen

–body cannot get rid of it

•Many serious infectious and idiopathic (= no known cause) diseases




•Aggregates of epithelioid macrophages in tissue

•May contain giant cells

•May surround dead material

•May be surrounded by lymphocytes

•Contain neutrophils, eosinophils

•Response to indigestible antigen

•Many are type IV hypersensitivity reactions


Giant cells

•Granulomas comprise epithelioid histioytes (macrophages)

•? fusion of macrophages to form larger cells

•Large cytoplasm; multiple nuclei

–several types

•Not always granuloma for giant cells to be present


Foreign body type

•Often associated with pyogenic granulation tissue

–acutely inflamed

–neutrophils, pus


–giant cells

•eg pilonidal abscess


Silicone associated

•Ruptured silicone implants

–usually but not always breast

–vacuoles contain leaked silicone


Warthin-Finkeldy type

•Rarely see in measles

•Central cluster of nuclei


Infectious granulomatous diseases – examples relevant to global health

•Tuberculosis – Mycobacterium tuberculosis

•Leprosy – Mycobacterium leprae

•Syphilis – Treponema pallidum


Non-infective granulomas - examples

•Rheumatoid disease - tissue specific auto-immune disease, ? cause

•Sarcoidosis – classical clinical picture, ? cause

•Crohn’s disease – chronic inflammatory bowel disease, ? cause


Wound healing

•Process of repair of tissue damage

•Like any healing process after any injury

•Phase of acute inflammation

•Granulation tissue formation

•Local angiogenesis – new vessels grow

•Fibrosis and scar formation


Sequence of events

•Injury, blood clot, acute inflammation, fibrin

•Many growth factors and cytokines involved

•Granulation tissue growth - angiogenesis

•Phagocytosis of fibrin

•Myofibroblasts move in and lay down collagen

•Contraction of scar



Favouring wound healing


•Apposition of edges (no haematoma)

•Sound nutrition

•Metabolic stability and normality

•Normal inflammatory and coagulation mechanisms

•Note local mediators


Impaired wound healing

•Dirty, gaping wound, large haematoma

•Poorly nourished, lack of vitamins C, A

•Abnormal CHO metabolism, diabetes, corticosteroid therapy

•Inhibition of angiogenesis