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Inflammation

Inflammation

Inflammation is the body's response to injury or infection. It may result in pain, swelling, redness, warmth, or loss of function of the affected body part.

In some cases inflammation develops as part of a disease process, such as the inflammation that occurs in rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, or an allergic reaction.

Last Revised: November 23, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine

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