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