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When damage to tissue occurs, the body's immunologic response to the damage is usually inflammation. The damage may be due to trauma, lack of blood supply, haemorrhage or infection. This generalised response by the body includes the release of many components of the immune system (e.g. IL1 and TNF ), attraction of cells to the site of the damage, swelling of tissue due to the release of fluid and other processes. Examples of conditions where inflammation is often present include :

Symptoms and signs of inflammation are reduced by anti-inflammatory medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Corticosteroids .



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