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The biology of haemostasis and thrombosis

Harold R. Roberts and Gilbert C. White

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.220601

Series: Oxford Textbooks

The biology of haemostasis and thrombosis

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Haemostasis—a component of the wound defence mechanism—is a process by which vessel wall components and platelets act in concert with procoagulant and anticoagulant proteins to form a plug of cells and cross-linked fibrin. The plug is later remodelled and replaced by new tissue as part of wound healing. These processes are very complex and involve highly controlled pathways of interaction between cells, glycans, and membrane-bound and soluble proteins of coagulation and fibrinolysis, as well as their cognate inhibitors....

Chapter.  14534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Haematology

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