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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Marvin H. Malone

First Committee Member

Donald Y. Shirachi

Second Committee Member

Charles W. Roscoe

Third Committee Member

Fuad M. Nahhas

Fourth Committee Member

Carl C. Riedesel


Inflammation appears to be an attempt by the organism to re-establish homeostasis as a response to local reactive change in tissues following injury or irritation. This injury or irritation (whether caused by micro-organisms, toxins, antigens, etc.) first leads to an increased passage of fluid through the walls of the microvasculature, followed by stasis of circulation within the affected area. This, in turn, is followed by migration of leukocytes into the area and finally concluded by connective tissue proliferation leading to the deposition of granulation tissue.

There are many experimental models employed for the evaluation of drugs with possible anti-inflammatory activity. Since many of these systems employ whole animals, it seems rational that various hematological parameters could be applied. Our purpose was to test such parameters in two selected systems (i.e., adjuvant-induced arthritis and cotton pellet granuloma formation) during drug evaluation. The parameters under investigation included: total white blood cell count, differential leukocyte count, sedimentation rate and serum protein patterns.





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