The microrheology of human erythrocyte suspensions

  • Harry L. Goldsmith
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In the human body, a suspension consisting essentially of 40 to 45% by volume of 8.3µ diameter red blood corpuscles (erythrocytes), is subjected to pulsatile flow and circulates through a network of vessels whose diameters range from 2.5 cm to 5µ. During flow, a series of complex events, associated with the movements of the individual corpuscles and surrounding elements of the suspending plasma, takes place. One has only to consider that, due to the tiny volume of each red cell (~9 × 10−11 cm3), a 1.0 cm length of blood vessel having an internal diameter of 0.2 cm and volume of 0.03 cm3 would contain 160 million erythrocytes, and it becomes clear that a quantitative description of the mechanics of cell and plasma transport is a formidable task.


Shear Rate Apparent Viscosity Volume Flow Rate Poiseuille Flow Migration Velocity 
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  • Harry L. Goldsmith
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  1. 1.MontrealCan.

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