inflammation

Chronic cholecystitis

What is chronic cholecystitis? Chronic cholecystitis is prolonged, or long-standing, inflammation of the gallbladder. It is a very common condition that is more frequently seen in young and middle-aged women. What causes chronic cholecystitis? Chronic cholecystitis is typically caused by gallstones that get stuck in the cystic duct, which is a tube that connects the …
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Inflammatory cells

What are inflammatory cells? Inflammatory cells are part of the body’s natural defense response to injury or disease. They are part of the immune system. These cells have many roles in the body such as destroying and eliminating a disease (such as a virus), calling other inflammatory cells to respond to the disease, or helping …
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Granulation tissue

What is granulation tissue? Granulation describes the look of tissue that is healing after an injury. Without a microscope, granulation tissue usually looks red or pink and it often feels soft to the touch. When examined under a microscope, granulation tissue is made up of many small blood vessels surrounded by a combination of cells …
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Acute inflammation

What does acute inflammation mean? 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 acute inflammation is an important part of the …
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