November 30, 2023
Acute inflammation is the body’s first defense response to injury or disease. The response is led by immune cells such as neutrophils and eosinophils. Acute inflammation can be associated with infections, traumatic injury, autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis), or cancer. Although the acute inflammatory response is an important part of the body’s defense system, a prolonged response can damage the surrounding tissue. This type of injury is commonly seen in the skin, mouth, and gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small bowel, and colon).
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