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What is acute inflammation?

A basic pathological process
Its a non specific initial reaction to tissue damage
Stereotyped irrespective of the aetiology - no matter what tissue or what kind of damage the response is the same


What are the 2 causes of inflammation?

1) Tissue death
2) Infection


What is a pyogenic bacteria?

Bacteria that on infection cause acute inflammation


What does the term pyogenic mean?



Acute inflammation is caused by a noxious agent, what 3 outcomes can come from acute inflammation?

1) Cells can regrow and heal by regeneration
2) Cells cannot regrow so the tissue has to be healed by repair
3) The damaging agent is not 'sorted out' by the acute inflammation so persists leading to chronic inflammation


What is suppuration and when does it occur in terms of the cycle of inflammation?

Suppuration is the formation of pus (accumulation of inflammatory cells)
Occurs if the damaging agent persists and can lead to further acute inflammation


What are the 3 purposes of acute inflammation?

1) Clear away dead tissues
2) Locally protect from infection
3) Allow access of immune system components


What are the 4 'cardinal signs' of inflammation? (latin and english)

1) Heat - calor
2) Redness - rubor
3) Pain - dolor
4) Swelling - tumor


Why is redness a sign of inflammation?

Get vascular dilatation which leads to redness


Why is heat a sign of inflammation?

Due to vascular dilatation


Why is swelling a sign of inflammation?

Occurs because of inflammatory exudate in tissues


What are the 4 macroscocpic terms used to describe inflammation?

1) Serous
2) Fibrinous
3) Purulent
4) Pseudomembranous


What is serous inflammation?

Acute inflammation characterised by the copious effusion of non viscous serous fluid


What is fibrinous inflammation?

Exudative inflammation where there is a disproportionately large amount of fibrin


What is purulent inflammation?

Inflammation accompanied by the formation of pus


What is pseudomembranous inflammation?

A form of exudative inflammation. Large amounts of fibrin in the exudate results in a membrane like structure covering the serous or mucous membrane of the acutely inflamed tissue


What are the 3 components of an acute inflammatory response? Describe them briefly

1) Vascular reaction - dilatation, changes in flow
2) Exudative reaction - formation of inflammatory exudate
3) Cellular reaction - migration of inflammatory cells out of vessels


Name 2 possible systemic effects of inflammation?

1) Pyrexia
2) Acute phase reaction


Name a protein thats levels in the blood can quantify the severity of an infection?

C reactive protein made in the liver as part of inflammatory reaction


What 3 components are there to the vascular reaction component of acute inflammation?

1) Microvascular dilatation (there is an intial transient vasoconstriction but this is not clinically significant)
2) Initially increased flow then reduced flow (because of increased permeability, more goes in than comes out)
3) Increased permeability (mediated and non mediated)


Why may you get non mediated increased permeability of blood vessels in an acute inflammatory reaction?

Inflammation may be due to damage to endothelial cells of the vessels - in which case the damage would have caused increased permeability to the vessels


Name 5 of the inflammatory mediators which lead to increased vascular permeability?

1) Histamine - released from mast cells
2) Bradykinin
3) NO
4) Leukotriene B4
5) Complement compounds


What is acute inflammatory exudate made up of?

Protein rich - 50g/l
Has immunoglobulins
And fibrinogen


What are the 6 purposes of the inflammatory exudate?

1) Dilution of noxious agents
2) Transport to lymph nodes
3) Supply of nutrients - O2
4) Spread of inflammatory mediators
5) Spread of antibodies
6) Spread of drugs


How can the fibrinogen help to contain the infection locally?

Forms fibrinous mesh to contain whatever is causing the infection


What does the cellular reaction of acute inflammation consist of?

Accumulation of neutrophils in the extracellular space
In severe cases, accumulation of neutrophils, cellular debris and bacteria forms pus


Where are neutrophils produced?

In bone marrow


Why can an FBC showing neutrophils be clinically useful?

Increased number of neutrophils in acute inflammation - this can give us a quantitative value for the severity of the infection


How can neutrophils move to the sight of infection?

They are motile and amoeboid
Show directional chemotaxis - move along the concentration gradient of inflammatory mediators


What is the lifespan of a neutrophil?

Short - only hours in tissues