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Orv Hetil. 1992 Jan 26;133(4):211-4.

[Tumor necrosis factor production in septic conditions following pancreatitis (preliminary report)].

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Szent-Györgyi Albert Orvostudományi Egyetem, Szeged.


Detectable TNF levels in sera 33% of patients with sepsis following pancreatitis have been found. No correlation was observed between serum TNF concentration and the severity of illness. However, monocytes and granulocytes of septic patients exerted higher TNF-mediated cytotoxicity than leukocytes of normal blood donors. The in vitro TNF-producing capacity was also higher in the patients in the study group, and it decreased only before fatal outcoming of sepsis. Our results suggest that determination of the TNF-producing capacity of leukocytes might be more informative than measurement of the serum TNF level in the evaluation of the severity or prognosis of sepsis.

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