The Pathobiology of Peritonitis

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Abstract

The peritoneum is more than a mechanical covering that allows for the easy gliding of opposed peritoneal surfaces. The peritoneal mesothelial cells facilitate the action of powerful innate immune mechanisms. In addition, the peritoneal-associated lymphoid tissues contain unique cells that may play a crucial role in the localization of intraperitoneal infection. A clearer understanding of the molecular and cellular events underlying peritoneal functions in both the unstimulated and stimulated state will aid future treatment of peritonitis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-196
JournalGastroenterology
Volume114
Issue numberN/A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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