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Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. Inflammation is a protective attempt to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. Inflammation is normally closely regulated.  Without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal, but chronic inflammation can also lead to diseases, such as atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by the increased movement of plasma and leukocytes (especially granulocytes ) from the blood into the injured tissues.  Chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.  A cascade of biochemical events propagates and matures the inflammatory response, involving the local vascular system, the immune system, and various cells within the injured tissue.  In addition to alterations in the white blood cell population as measured by Advia 120 analysis several factors, including elevation of secretory phospholipase A2,  IAP, CRP and CD40L are markers of an increased inflammatory state.