The role of lymphocytes in wound healing

Br J Plast Surg. 1990 Nov;43(6):655-62. doi: 10.1016/0007-1226(90)90185-3.


In the past, lymphocytes have usually been associated with chronic inflammatory conditions and only recently have animal experiments indicated a possible role in wound healing. The present paper describes a study of lymphocytes in human wounds and scars using monoclonal antibody stains. The results suggest that T lymphocytes may play an important regulatory role in wound healing and scar formation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cicatrix / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy
  • Keloid / pathology
  • Leukocyte Count
  • Lymphocytes / physiology*
  • Macrophages / physiology
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2 / physiology
  • Skin / pathology
  • T-Lymphocytes / physiology
  • Time Factors
  • Wound Healing / physiology*


  • Receptors, Interleukin-2