Inhalación de ántrax

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Inhalación de ántrax

El ántrax inhalado es particularmente letal. Aunque las esporas están inactivas al respirar, germinan cuando son expuestas a un medio húmedo y cálido como los pulmones. No todas las partículas son lo suficientemente pequeñas para pasar hacia los alvéolos o sacos de las vías respiratorias, pero aquellos que lo hacen comienzan a multiplicarse y se pueden esparcir al sistema linfático. Cuando las esporas germinan en los ganglios linfáticos se liberan algunas toxinas. Las partículas ilustradas no están a escala.

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  • Last Reviewed on 06/09/2011
  • David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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