Rapporto fra fattori viscosi plasmaeritrocitari e VES.

Translated title of the contribution: Relations between plasma-erythrocyte viscosity factors and ESR

A. Cortinovis, A. Crippa, M. Crippa, T. Bosoni, R. Moratti

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The ESR is usually put in relationship: to the real density of the RBCs (erythrocytes) (difference between the RBC specific gravity and the plasma one), and to the resistance that the RBCs meet moving in a medium, which is due to the plasma viscosity and to the total external RBC surface. When the RBCs take shape of aggregates, their external surface is decreased and ESR increases. The most important plasma factor causing changes in ESR is the fibrinogen level followed by the plasma globulins and by the products arising from the tissue damage. The resistance that the RBCs meet moving in the plasma is well expressed by the measurement of the plasma-RBC viscosity considering that is inclusive of both factors that are the plasma viscosity and the external RBC surface. The plasma-RBC viscosity is the resultant of several factors: Fa = Fb - Fe - Fs - Fm, were: Fa is the resultant, Fb the attracting forces due to the proteic macromolecules, Fe the repulsing forces due the negative charges. Fs the repulsing forces due to the shear-stress, Fm the force which opposes itself against the surface tension of the aggregation; it depends on the RBC morphology and on the RBC rigidity. The ESR has been recently used like an index of the RBC aggregation. The Authors study the relationship between several hemorheological parameters and the ESR in infective and inflammatory processes.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Translated title of the contributionRelations between plasma-erythrocyte viscosity factors and ESR
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)323-330
Number of pages8
JournalMinerva Cardioangiologica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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