The Importance of Plasma Mixing in Bolus Flow
The fluid-mechanical and biochemical processes which occur during the movement of a red blood cell through a capillary are exceedingly complex. The small scale and complexity of the capillary flow system makes quantitative experimental description very difficult and prevents a direct empirical modeling of the system at the present time. A theoretical approach directed at certain basic features of the fluid mechanics and transport processes in the microcirculation can indicate those features which must be considered in the development of a capillary flow model.
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