MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: How does silver nitrate help clotting?

Date: Wed Mar 21 08:33:00 2001
Posted By: Lillian Mundt, Faculty, Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 984492767.Bc

The salts of silver such as silver nitrate are caustic.  Placing them on a 
site of bleeding does not have any clotting properties that I know of, but, 
what it does is burn the tissue to seal it. At the same time it acts as an 
astringent to dry the area and an antiseptic to prevent infection.

reference: Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 18th ed.

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