Plasminogen

Alternate Names

  • Fibrinolysin

Plasminogen is a protein made in the liver necessary for the normal breakdown of blood clots that form as a result of inflammation, injury, or illness. Low plasminogen blood levels are seen in people with DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation), inherited blood clotting diseases, poor nutrition, liver disease, or any condition where there is an increased amount of the number of blood clots. High blood plasminogen levels are seen in people with illnesses or diseases causing inflammation, and blood levels are normally higher during normal pregnancy.

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