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

References

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

Revision

Last reviewed 4/13/2013 by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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