Problem

Cytokine storm

Nature:

A cytokine storm, also called cytokine storm syndrome (CSS) or hypercytokinemia, is a physiological reaction in humans and other animals in which the innate immune system causes an uncontrolled and excessive release of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules called cytokines. Normally, cytokines are part of the body's immune response to infection, but their sudden release in large quantities can cause multisystem organ failure and death. Cytokine storms can be caused by a number of infectious and non-infectious etiologies, especially viral respiratory infections such as H5N1 influenza and SARS-CoV. Other causative agents include the Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and group A streptococcus, as well as non-infectious conditions like graft-versus-host disease.

Broader Problems:
Immune system disorders
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST