Total lymphocyte counts and the distribution of lymphocyte subsets were determined in peripheral venous blood and appendiceal mononuclear cells from 60 patients who underwent appendicectomy for the clinical diagnosis of appendicitis. A significant peripheral lymphopenia was observed in the 46 patients with histologically confirmed acute appendicitis which was accompanied by an increase in the appendiceal lymphocyte concentration. There was an even greater depletion of CD45RO+ (memory) T lymph...Expand abstract
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Selective recruitment of lymphocyte subsets to the inflamed appendix.
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