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Kinins

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, Abbas AK, Aster JC. Inflammation and repair. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 3.

Review Date 4/11/2015

Updated 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, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.