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Arch Surg. 2006 Nov;141(11):1132-40.

Cell response to surgery.

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Department of Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland. nncl@eircom.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the profound alterations in host immunity that are produced by major surgery as demonstrated by experimental and clinical studies, and to evaluate the benefits of therapeutic strategies aimed at attenuating perioperative immune dysfunction.

DATA SOURCES:

A review of the English-language literature was conducted, incorporating searches of the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane collaboration databases to identify laboratory and clinical studies investigating the cellular response to surgery.

STUDY SELECTION:

Original articles and case reports describing immune dysfunction secondary to surgical trauma were included.

DATA EXTRACTION:

The results were compiled to show outcomes of different studies and were compared.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Current evidence indicates that the early systemic inflammatory response syndrome observed after major surgery that is characterized by proinflammatory cytokine release, microcirculatory disturbance, and cell-mediated immune dysfunction is followed by a compensatory anti-inflammatory response syndrome, which predisposes the patient to opportunistic infection, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, and death. Because there are currently no effective treatment options for multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, measures to prevent its onset should be initiated at an early stage. Accumulating experimental evidence suggests that targeted therapeutic strategies involving immunomodulatory agents such as interferon gamma, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, the prostaglandin E(2) antagonist, indomethacin, and pentoxifylline may be used for the treatment of systemic inflammatory response syndrome to prevent the onset of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.

CONCLUSIONS:

Surgical trauma produces profound immunological dysfunction. Therapeutic strategies directed at restoring immune homeostasis should aim to redress the physiological proinflammatory-anti-inflammatory cell imbalance associated with major surgery.

PMID:
17116807
DOI:
10.1001/archsurg.141.11.1132
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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