Ethnic and Blood Group Variations in the Hemostatic Mechanism

  • Derek Ogston


The variations in incidence of thrombotic disorders between different ethnic groups have stimulated many studies of aspects of the hemostatic system in such groups. Firm conclusions on racially determined differences in platelet numbers and function, coagulation and fibrinolysis are lacking, principally because of the problems in eliminating the effect of factors which themselves influence hemostatic components and are inextricably interrelated with the ethnic group studied: these include diet, climate, body build, exercise, parasitic infestation and other diseases, and mental stress in volunteers unaccustomed to such procedures as venepuncture.


Factor VIII Blood Group Fibrinolytic Activity Lysis Time Factor Viii Level 


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  • Derek Ogston
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

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