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
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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.