, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 61-80

Alterations in immunologic mechanisms in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract

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Conclusion

No disease of the gastrointestinal tract has clearly been shown to be of immune or autoimmune etiology, although many alterations in immunologic mechanisms have been observed. This progress report has attempted to review many of these alterations and to organize them, at times by use of speculation, into meaningful patterns. Future investigation will provide data on which to base a more informed appraisal of the role of immunologic mechanisms in diseases of the gut.

Supported by Grant TI AM 5476 from the National Institutes of Health.