Peritoneal defences and peritoneum-associated lymphoid tissue

Kathy Heel, John Hall

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The peritoneum is mainly protected by the innate immune system. This consists of mechanical clearance of the peritoneal cavity, activation of complement, and the actions of polymorphonuclear nuetrophils and macrophages. The specific immune system, which is mediated by the activity of lymphocytes, provides a secondary amplification system that may be great importance for patients with intraperitoneal sepsis. This review provides an overview of the relevant innate immune mechanism and explores the possible role of peritoneum-associated lymphoid tissue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-1046
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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