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Definition

Systemic means affecting the entire body, rather than a single organ or body part.

For example, systemic disorders, such as high blood pressure, or systemic diseases, such as the flu, affect the entire body.

An infection that is in the bloodstream is called a systemic infection.

An infection that affects only one body part or organ is called a localized infection.

References

Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website. www.tabers.com/tabersonline. Accessed April 15, 2021.

Last reviewed January 16, 2021 by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team..

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Clinical Trials: Systemic

UF Health research scientists make medicine better every day. They discover new ways to help people by running clinical trials. When you join a clinical trial, you can get advanced medical care. Sometimes years before it's available everywhere. You can also help make medicine better for everyone else. If you'd like to learn more about clinical trials, visit our clinical trials page. Or click one of the links below:

BIIB059

The primary objective of this study is to demonstrate efficacy of BIIB059 (litifilimab) compared with placebo in participants with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), who are receiving background lupus standard of care (SOC) therapy in…

Investigator
Michael R Bubb
Status
Accepting Candidates
Ages
18 Years - N/A
Sexes
All
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