Effects Of Pressure Of Oxygen On Host Defence Mechanisms

Faced with an infection, the body brings two responses into play: one is specifically directed at the offending micro-organism and generated by the immune system, whereas the other is non-specific, involving the inflammatory reaction and its consequences. Beyond the direct activity on bacteria we have previously described, HBO enables the defence mechanisms to recover their effectiveness by restoring adequate tissue oxygenation conditions35. Bacterial penetration into the body induces an inflammatory reaction generating foci of infection where cellular and humoral mechanisms are essential to eliminate the infective agent.

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