The Evaluation of Phagocytic Activity in Man by Means of a Lipid Clearance Test

  • G. Lemperle
  • M. Reichelt
  • S. Denk
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 15)


In a variety of diseases the role of the reticuloendothelial system is of central importance. Depending on the causing factors, its manifold functions may be stimulated or depressed, respectively. The activity of the RES is for instance raised during pregnancy, in rheumatic and allergic diseases, after bacterial infections and in the early stages of malignant diseases. A reduction in activity occurs with old age, in diabetes mellitus, in leukemia, in gram-negative and viral infections, after severe injuries, and in other conditions producing shock. The functions of the RES can also be blocked by drugs, such as cytostatics, corticosteroids, colloidal substances, various antibiotics and anesthetics.


Clearance Rate Phagocytic Activity Reticuloendothelial System Pertussis Vaccine Aristolochia Acid 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Lemperle
    • 1
  • M. Reichelt
    • 1
  • S. Denk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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