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Brain Res Brain Res Rev. 1998 Aug;27(3):243-56.

The role of the complement system in traumatic brain injury.

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Division of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital, CH-8091 Z├╝rich, Switzerland. philip.stahel@chi.usz.ch

Abstract

A traumatic impact to the brain induces an intracranial inflammatory response, which consequently leads to the development of brain edema and delayed neuronal death. Evidence from experimental, clinical, and in vitro studies highlight an important role for the complement system in contributing to inflammation within the injured brain. The present review summarizes the current understanding of the mechanisms of complement-mediated secondary brain injury after head trauma.

PMID:
9729408
DOI:
10.1016/s0165-0173(98)00015-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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