Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 106–108 | Cite as

Pulmonary defence mechanisms: Damage and repair

Opportunities for intervention
  • Evert F. Weltevreden
Therapeutic Interventions in Lower Respiratory Tract Infections


In this article pulmonary defence mechanisms and factors causing (progressive) tissue damage in some common settings of lower respiratory tract infections are dealt with. Opportunities for intervention are different, considering the proper cause. Passive immunization is appropriate in case of immune deficiency and active immunization applies to a series of clinical conditions in which the immune system for the greater part is intact but other defence mechanisms are impaired. Besides antibiotic treatment, anti-inflammatory therapy is considered beneficial, anticipating progressive tissue damage.


Defence mechanisms Drug therapy Infection Inflammation Lung 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evert F. Weltevreden
    • 1
  1. 1.Pathological InstituteCL Deventerthe Netherlands

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