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Hemostasis

Chapter:
Nomenclature
Author(s):

Harriet S. Meyer

Thrombosis may be regarded as an accident ofnature that has not had time to adapt through thelengthy process of evolution to the advances ofmodern medicine, which allow patients to survivethe hemostatic challenge of major surgery andtrauma but leave them vulnerable to venousthrombosis.   R. W. Colman et al(p3) …each milliliter of blood contains enough clottingmaterial to clot all the fibrinogen in the body in 10 to15 s.    R. I. Handin(p340)Hemostasis consists of platelet plug formation (primary hemostasis) and blood coagulation (secondary hemostasis, coagulation, clotting). Hemostasis and its control involve complex interactions of more than 50 procoagulants and anticoagulants. Description of hemostatic processes depends

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