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Unformatted text preview: INFLAMMATION Damage to tissue triggers a response call inflammation or the inflammatory response. Damage can be of any type, and may or may not include invasion by microbes. Signs and symptoms of inflammation include: • Heat • Pain • Redness • Swelling • Loss of function (if the damage is severe enough) The inflammatory response is beneficial, although the body has a tendency to get “carried away” with it and cause it to progress beyond what is required. The purposes are: 1. To destroy any infectious agents and remove agents and their by-products such as toxins from the body 2. Limit the effects of infectious agents that cannot be destroyed or removed by confining them or walling them off 3. To clean up the area and then repair or replace damaged tissue During an inflammatory response, a group of proteins in the blood called acute-phase proteins,...
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- Fall '09
- Infectious Agents, inflammatory response. Damage