The role of the immune system in critical illness

H. F. Galley*

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Introduction The immune system has evolved to provide protection against invading pathogenic organisms, foreign cells and cancer cells. This chapter describes basic mechanisms involved in innate and acquired immune responses and describes the particular relevance for critical illness, notably sepsis and multiple organ dysfunction syndromes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCore Topics in Cardiothoracic Critical Care
EditorsAndrew Klein, Alain Vuylsteke, Samer A. M. Nashef
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781139062381
ISBN (Print)9780521872836
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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