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Kinins

Definition

Kinins are proteins in the blood that affect certain muscle contractions and 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 (capillaries)
  • Stimulate pain receptors
  • Are part of a complex system that helps repair damaged tissue in the body

References

Firestein GS. Mechanisms of inflammation and tissue repair. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 45.


Review Date: 5/2/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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