What causes thrombus formation?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Wanda L Rivera-Bou, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Both hemostasis and thrombosis depend on the coagulation cascade, vascular wall integrity, and platelet response. Several cellular factors are responsible for thrombus formation. When a vascular insult occurs, an immediate local cellular response takes place. Platelets migrate to the area of injury, where they secrete several cellular factors and mediators. These mediators promote clot formation.


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