Describe the final common pathway for blood coagulation.


Describe the final common pathway for blood coagulation.

The process of coagulation

Blood coagulation is initiated in two ways: Intrinsic, which is initiated inside the blood through trauma or exposure to a protein called collagen, and extrinsic, which is initiated outside of the blood vessel by damage to the surrounding tissue. Each initiation sets off a cascade of protein alterations and upregulations that culminate in the final common pathway and the formation of a stable blood clot.

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The final common pathway for blood coagulation is termed 'final common' as it is the last step in the coagulation process, and is shared by both...

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Chapter 6 / Lesson 18

After suffering a wound, the body does everything it can to promote blood clotting and, ultimately, wound healing. The general term hemostasis refers to the stoppage of bleeding, and it just one of the many factors, others being platelets and thromboxane A2, that are essential for proper wound healing. This lesson details the process of blood coagulation, from the clotting factors to the coagulation cascade.

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