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Why are mediators of inflammation short lived?

They are only produced as long as the stimulus is present


How long do neutrophils survive outside of a blood vessel?

A couple of hours


What are the 4 possible sequels after acute inflammation`?

ResolutionSuppurationRepair, organisation, and fibrosisChronic inflammation*may not be mutually exclusive


what does what one of the 4 possible sequels of inflammation that occurs depend upon? (3)

Site of injury (different organs have different capacities for repair and different vascular supplies)Type of injury (severity, pathogenicity of organism)Duration of injury (can be removed, is it sustained)


What is resolution?

Complete restoration of the tissue to normal after removal of inflammatory components


How much cell death occurs with resolution?

Minimal amounts


What kind of tissues does resolution occur in?

Tissues that have capacity to repair e.g GI tractTissues that have a good vascular supply for delivery of WBCs and removal of injurious agents


What is suppuration?

Formation of pus


What is pus formed from?

Living, dying and dead cells (neutrophils, bacteria and inflammatory debris (fibrin))


What is an abcess?

Collection of pus


What is an empyema?

A collection of pus in a body cavity


When does repair occur

When a tissue is injured and cannot be wholly regenerated


What are the 3 phases of repair?

Phagocytosis to clear debrisOrganisationEpithelial regeneration to cover wound


When does repair occur in contrast to resolution? (4)

When injury produces lots of necrosisif injury produces a lot of fibrin that isn't easily clearedif there is a poor blood supply = difficulty removing debrisMucosa where damage goes beyond the basement membrane favours healing by organisation and repair and not resolution (substantial tissue damage meaning the tissue is unable to regenerate and is instead replaced by fibrous tissue - resolution occurs a scaffolding to occur)


What is organisation?

Fibroblasts secrete ECM and new vessels grow into region -> formation of granulation tissue


What happens in granulation tissue formation? (organisation)

Defect is slowly infiltrated by capillaries and then by myofibroblastsDeposit collagen and smooth muscle cellsHas a very red look


What is fibrosis?

Formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ/ tissue in a reparative/ reactive processIf this is in response to injury it is called scarring"patch job"Causes a loss of function


When does scarring and fibrosis of the liver occur?

Liver can regenerate but if overwhelmed it undergoes scarring and fibrosis = cirrhosis resulting in liver failure


When is chronic inflammation favoured?

SuppurationPersistence of injury e.g. foreign materialPersistence of infectiontype of injury e.g. autoimmune, transplant rejection


What is chronic inflammation characterised by?

LymphocyteMacrophage (monocyte within tissue)


What is a granuloma?

A collection of immune cells known as histiocytes"aggregate of epithelia histiocytes"


What is a histiocyte?

A stationary phagocytic cell present in connective tissue


When does a granuloma form?

When the immune system attempts to wall off substances it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminatee.g. endogenous - keratin, bone, crystalsExogenous - talc, asbestos, suture materials, oil


What are some examples of diseases that cause granulomas?

Specific infectionsParasitesWormsEggsSyphilisMycobacterium - including TB


What is "cheesy necrosis"?

Tuberculous granulomas - caseous necrosis


What is an infarction?

Death of tissue after loss of oxygen


Why does muscle need O2?

To produce ATP for energy required to contract


What happens if a cell has no ATP?

Na/K ATPase fails = increased K = swellingCalcium pump fails = increased intracellular calciumIncreased calcium stimulates:ATPase (makes things worse)Phospholipase (membrane damage)Proteases (membrane and cytoskeleton damage)Endonuclease (DNA damage and breakdown)Mitochondrial permeability (release pro death factors)


What is the time frame for the myocardium being without oxygen but only causing reversible damage?

20 minute window


Why is there no point in using clot busting drugs after 30 minutes for clot causing loss of blood supply to myocardium?

After 20 minutes there is non-reversible injury - the cells will die anyway


After 20 minutes of loss of blood supply to myocardium, would you see any changes at autopsy?

No however do see changes on ECG


What happens after the 20 minutes window for the myocardium?

Cell death due to hypoxic injury - pathological and results in necrosis


What are the first signs of a hypoxic injury to the myocardium? (4)

Cells shrink due to being pygnosisBecome redNucleus shrinks and becomes darkMarginal contraction bands appear


What is pygnosis?

the irreversible condensation of chromatin in the nucleus of a cell undergoing necrosis or apoptosis


What is contraction band necrosis?

type of uncontrolled cell death (necrosis) unique to cardiac myocytes


What happens in the first 24 hours of hypoxic injury to the myocardium?

Cell contents leakedComplement cascade initiatedacute inflammation -vascular changes


What is pavementing?

A condition occurring during inflammation in which leukocytes adhere to the linings of capillaries.


What is diapedesis?

the passage of blood cells through the intact walls of the capillaries, typically accompanying inflammation


What is the cell associated with acute inflammation?



What is the functions of neutrophils? (2)

Phagocytic properties (mop up dead cells)Cytokine production


What is necrosis?

Cell death usually due to inadequate blood supply


What are the 3 main types of necrosis?



What is coagulative necrosis?

Cell death with some structure of cells left as "ghost outline" before complete phagocytosis of materials


When necrosis is full thickness, what may all that holds the heart wall together?



What is the risk associated with necrosis of the heart muscle?What time frame is this most likely to occur in?

Risk of cardiac ruptureGreatest at 3-7 days


What are the next possible phases after acute inflammation of the myocardium?

Suppuration? - no, as there is no persistence of injury and if there is then death usually occurstherefore chronic inflammation usually occurs with either:Repair, organisation and fibrosis (restitution)Resolution


What happens to the neutrophils in the cardiac muscle as time progresses?What can be seen at autopsy at this point?

Neutrophils fade away and are gradually replaced by macrophagesThe presence of macrophages causing a yellow appearance (microscopically macrophages are seen)


when does resolution of the myocardium occur?

Resolution occurs when the injury has a short duration and if the injury is mld and the blood supply is goodIn an MI the blood supply is poorGenerally once cell death has occurred then resolution is unlikely in the heart


What happens during restitution of the heart?

Gradual processProgressive scarringMacrophages fade away and are replaced by fibroblastsFibroblasts lay down collagen


When does restitution occur after an MI?

Occurs progressively after 2 weeks and is complete at 6 weeks Therefore if an MI occurred more than 6 weeks ago we can't date it


What are 2 examples of complications that occur post-MI due to scarring of the heart?

Heart failure (loss of muscle = reduced pumping ability)Arrhythmia (damage of pacemaker system)