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Kidneys: overview

Contributor(s): Erin Williams , Richard Payne

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Introduction

  • Traditionally, the kidneys are known as the organs that excrete waste.
  • While this is true, the kidneys also interact and co-operate with other bodily systems to perform a number of other functions critical for maintaining health. 
  • The kidneys are part of the urinary system, which also includes the ureters, urinary bladder and urethra.

Gross anatomy of the urinary tract

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Renal blood supply

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Histology of the renal cortex, medulla and renal pelvis.

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Histological structure of the glomerulus

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Major histological features of the ureters, urinary bladder and urethra

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Species differences

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Eaton D C (2013) Vanders Renal Physiology. 8th edn. USA: McGraw Hill. Chapter 1. pp 4 – 12.


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