Ag = Antigen
Ab= Antibody

Ag-Ab complexes are formed in this disorder which deposit in various tissues and induce inflammation in them and gradually destroy them.
Ag-Ab complexes formation is a normal phenomenon in most of the situations but they do not deposit normally. It is the size of the complexes or the functional or structural abnormality of the mononuclear  phagocytic cells which render the Ag-Ab complexes to be deposited in various locations. Charge and three dimensional structure of the immune complexes, valancy of the Ag, affinity of the Ag to various tissue components and hemodynamic factors also play roles in the deposition of the complexes.


Type III hypersensitivity diseases may be systemic or local. In both of them the pathogenesis is divided into three phases:
•First phase (formation of Ag-Ab complexes): In this Ag enters the body interacts with the immunocompetent cell which produces Abs against that Ag. This process takes about one week. The Abs react with the Ag in circulation and form Ag-Ab complexes.
•Second phase (Deposition of circulating complexes): In this phase the circulating complexes deposit in various tissues.
•Third phase (acute inflammatory reaction): in this phase acute inflammatory reaction is initiated by activation of the complement cascade which in response activate neutrophils and monocytes
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through their Fc receptors.This phase is represented by fever, urticaria, arthralgias, lymph nodes enlargement and proteinuria.

•Antigen/Antibody “Complexes”mainly deposit in the:

–Kidney (Glomerular Basement Membrane)
–Blood Vessels,Skin and Joints

Common Type III Diseases:-

Systemic Diseases:

SLE, Poly arteritis nodosa, Post streptococcal glomerulonephritis, Serum sickness (days).

Local diseases:

Arthus reaction
Read also:

1. Type One Hypersensitivity Reaction-Causes-Types-Phases-Mediators And Examples Of Type One Hypersensitivity Reaction

Type 2 ( Antibody Mediated ) Hypersensitivity Reaction-Mechanism-Diseases And Examples

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