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.
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
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