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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