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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Disorders of the Immune System: Immune Complex Disease

Immune complexes are clusters of interlocking antigens and antibodies.

Normally they are rapidly removed from the bloodstream. In some circumstances, however, they continue to circulate, and eventually they become trapped in, and damage, the tissues of the kidneys, as seen here, or the lungs, skin, joints, or blood vessels.

Disorders of the Immune System: Immune Complex Disease