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What is the general definition of inflammation?

The reaction of the body to injury in vascularized tissue that brings cells and molecules of host defense from the circulation to sites where they are needed


What are the physiologic functions of inflammation?

Elimination of organism initially responsible for cell injury and consequences of the injury


What are the three major components of acute inflammation?

Increased blood flow (hyperemia), Increased microvascular permeability allowing escape of proteins and cells, and Emigration, accumulation, and activation of leukocytes


What is the physiologic function of edema?

Increased fluid in the tissue dilutes the offending agent, allowing inflammatory cells to attack and destroy it


What leukocyte is the major mediator of acute inflammation?



What are some examples of harmful acute inflammation?

Acute respiratory distress syndrome,asthma, acute transplant rejection, glomerulonephritis, septic shock, lung abcess


True or False: All inflammation has infection as a source

False- not all inflammation is due to infection


What are the 4 Cardinal signs of acute inflammation

Calor (heat), Rubor (redness), Tumor (swelling), Dolor (pain)


What is the mechanism of increased vascular permeability in acute inflammation?

Immediate response- Formation of gaps between endothelial cells of venules (due to endothelial cell contraction) mediated by histamine, bradykinin, and leukotrienes; Delayed response- cytoskeletal changes of endothelium resulting in contraction mediated by cytokines IL-1, TNF, IFN-gamma; injury to endothelium; increased transcytosis


What is the leukocyte's response in acute inflammation?

Margination, rolling, adherance, transmigration, chemotaxis, activation, phagocytosis, release reaction


What causes margination of leukocytes?

Vasodilation results in stasis of blood and displacement of leukocytes to the periphery


What is the mechanism by which leukocytes roll and adhere to the endothelial wall?

The leukocytes roll along the vascular wall through low affinity, transient attachment to endothelium via selectins and ligands; adhesion occurs through endothelial ligands (VCAM-1, ICAM-1) to integrins which are stimulated to a high-affinity state via chemokines


Where does transmigration/ diapedesis occur? What is the mechanism?

Post-capillary venules; Via PECAM-1/ CD31 interaction and local collagenases


List several mediators of acute inflammation.

HIstamine, serotonin, lysosomal enzymes, plasma proteins (complement system, kinin system, coagulation system), arachidonic acid metabolites, platelet activating factor, cytokines, nitric oxide


Which components of the complement system are especially inflammatory?

Anaphylatoxins C3a and C5a


What components of the coagulation system are especially inflammatory?

Thrombin and plasmin


What are lipoxins?

Arachidonic acid metabolites that are anti-inflammatory and keep inflammation in check


What is the difference between exudates and transudates?

Exudate is inflammatory edematous fluid, likely indicating infection with high protein and cellular content with a cloudy or thick appearance, and low glucose and occurs as a result of increased microvascular permeability due to inflammatory damage; Transudates are non-inflammatory edematous fluid reembling ultrafiltrate of plasma with low protein and cell content and normal plasma glucose that occurs mainly due to circulatory disorders


What are the different types of exudate?

Serous (serum-like exudate); Fibrinous (fibrin-rich); Purulent/suppurative (leukocyte rich); Hemorrhagic; fibropurulent


What is an abscess?

Localized collection of pus with central destruction of tissue


What is cellulitis?

Spreading of inflammation to solid tissue


What is an ulcer?

Localized defect in the surface of an organ or tissue due to sloughing of inflammatory necrotic debris


What is a sinus-tract?

Passage or path formed by the discharge of a deep abscess to the surface of skin or mucosa membrane


What is a fistula?

A passage or path between two internal organs or leading from an internal organ to the surface of the body