Research Article| Volume 13, ISSUE 1, P1-11, March 1993

Basics of Renal Anatomy and Physiology

  • Harry G. Preuss
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    From the Nephrology Division, Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
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      Nephrons are composed of glomeruli and tubules that maintain homeostasis through filtration, reabsorption, and secretion. The million nephrons located in each kidney allow organisms to maintain a balance of water, minerals, electrolytes, and hydrogen ions. Through its hormonal functions, the kidneys influence blood pressure, calcium metabolism, and red cell production.