A glycoprotein produced especially in white blood cells in response to stimuli such as exposure to virus, bacterium, or parasite. Humans make endogenous (self-made) interferon in relatively small amounts. Exogenous (made outside the body, as by the pharmaceutical industry) interferon may be administered to assist in fighting infection or [intlink id=”77″ type=”post”]cancer[/intlink]. In laryngology, interferon has been used against [intlink id=”222″ type=”post”]HPV[/intlink] infection that causes recurrent [intlink id=”466″ type=”post”]respiratory papillomatosis[/intlink] (RRP).
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