Thrombin inhibition and intracoronary thrombus formation: effect of polyethylene glycol-coupled hirudin in the stenosed, locally injured canine coronary artery.

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BACKGROUND Adhesion and aggregation of platelets at sites of intimal injury are accompanied by local thrombin generation and conversion of fibrinogen to insoluble fibrin. As the long-acting thrombin inhibitor, polyethylene glycol-coupled hirudin (PEG-hirudin), would be expected to interrupt this process by inhibiting the action of thrombin on platelets and… (More)

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