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Kinins

Definition

Kinins are proteins in the blood that cause inflammation and affect blood pressure (especially low blood pressure).

They also:

  • Increase blood flow throughout the body
  • Make it easier for fluids to pass through small blood vessels
  • Stimulate pain receptors
  • Are part of a complex system that helps repair damaged tissue in the body

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References

Kumar V. Acute and chronic inflammation. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC, eds. . 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 2.

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