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Chapter objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe the composition of urine
  • Label structures of the urinary system
  • Characterize the roles of each of the parts of the urinary system
  • Illustrate the macroscopic and microscopic structures of the kidney
  • Trace the flow of blood through the kidney
  • Outline how blood is filtered in the kidney nephron
  • Provide symptoms of kidney failure
  • List some of the solutes filtered, secreted, and reabsorbed in different parts of the nephron
  • Describe the role of a portal system in the kidney
  • Explain how urine osmolarity is hormonally regulated
  • Describe the regulation of major ions by the kidney
  • Summarize the role of the kidneys in maintaining acid–base balance

The urinary system has roles you may be well aware of: cleansing the blood and ridding the body of wastes probably come to mind. However, there are additional, equally important functions played by the system. Take for example, regulation of pH, a function shared with the lungs and the buffers in the blood. Additionally, the regulation of blood pressure is a role shared with the heart and blood vessels. What about regulating the concentration of solutes in the blood? Did you know that the kidney is important in determining the concentration of red blood cells? Eighty-five percent of the erythropoietin (EPO) produced to stimulate red blood cell production is produced in the kidneys. The kidneys also perform the final synthesis step of vitamin D production, converting calcidiol to calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D.

If the kidneys fail, these functions are compromised or lost altogether, with devastating effects on homeostasis. The affected individual might experience weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, anemia, widespread edema (swelling), metabolic acidosis, rising potassium levels, heart arrhythmias, and more. Each of these functions is vital to your well-being and survival. The urinary system, controlled by the nervous system, also stores urine until a convenient time for disposal and then provides the anatomical structures to transport this waste liquid to the outside of the body. Failure of nervous control or the anatomical structures leading to a loss of control of urination results in a condition called incontinence.

This chapter will help you to understand the anatomy of the urinary system and how it enables the physiologic functions critical to homeostasis. It is best to think of the kidney as a regulator of plasma makeup rather than simply a urine producer. As you read each section, ask yourself this question: “What happens if this does not work?” This question will help you to understand how the urinary system maintains homeostasis and affects all the other systems of the body and the quality of one’s life.

Watch this video from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for an introduction to the urinary system.

Questions & Answers

Which of the following hormones are responsible for the adolescent growth spurt? estrogen and testosterone, even in women?
Kepa Reply
estrogen
Farhana
Estrogen!
Jazil
What is sling give d characteristics of sling uses of sling
adamu Reply
I went to learn anatomy of joints
Arman Reply
me 2
adamu
joint have 3 cartilaginous joint fibrous joint synovial joint U can reserch in Google can explain U well
sopheaktra
define sling
adamu
To throw with a circular or arcing motion
real
what is respiration
Osele Reply
what is respiration
Paul
Respiration is the process by which oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide is given out.
Md
Respiration is the combination of inhalation and exhalation.
Khim
inhalation is the taking in air from environment to lung and exhalation is taking out sir from the lung to environment ..
Khim
what is holistic
Kibrom Reply
Holistic means encompassing the whole of a thing, and not just the part. Holistic medicine looks at the whole person for answers, not just at physical symptoms. You might have heard of holistic medicine, which tries to treat someone as mind and body, instead of treating only the part of the patient
I want to learn one by one system like skeleton system... muscular system
Mary Reply
i want to learn this
Kibrom
explain in details factors that affects bone development
Precious Reply
describe the process of bone healing
Precious
out line factors that delays bone healing
Precious
actually,for the bone formation they must be sufficient level of calcium,phosphorus and vitamin D in the body for it to happen smoothly.
lucky
the above mentioned substances are the ones able for the formation and repairing of bones.
lucky
explain in details factors that affects bone development
Precious
what are tissue
muki Reply
a lots of cells make tissue and a cell body is tissue
Rabab
cells come together to form a tissue and tissues come together to form an organ
Adoma
what is appendicular skeleton
OSE Reply
appendicular skeleton is upper limbs and lower limbs
sopheaktra
what is decompression sickness?
Japhar Reply
It occurs in Scuba divers when they rise too quicky to the sea surface , their oxygen tanks have oxygen mixed with N2 gas which has a high solubility at sea level , when the diver rises the N2 gas bubbles out of plasma and this causes Air Ebolism
Siphiwesihle
if a single part if Nervous system doesn't function like synapse? what will occur
Lilian Reply
no transmission of impulses no respond cause mechanical damage
Komolika
what happens when calcium ion channel is blocked
Jachike
a MORAH /MORAH
Kechi
meaning?
Jachike
transmission of impure
sopheaktra
when calcium ion channels block . lightheadedness Low blood pressure. Slower heart rate. Drowsiness. Constipation. Swelling of feet ankles and legs. Increased appetite. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD
sopheaktra
I'm not sure about it
sopheaktra
what is this substance
Peng Reply
In the human body, there are no atoms as separate entities. Instead, they constantly interact with other atoms to form and break down more complex materials. To fully understand anatomy and physiology, you must understand how atoms are involved in such interactions. The key is to understand the beha
Warid
what are functions of muscle cell
Veronicah
please can someone help with ten functions of the following hormones 1.Gastrin 2. Adrenal sex hormone 3. Secretin 4. Follicle Stimulating Hormone 5. Glucagon 6. Progesterone
Har
4.produces the oetrogen and bursts open to release egg cells.
Komolika
5.regulates the level of glucose in the blood and it is secreted when glucose low in the blood.
Komolika
many layers that are covering the heart
Komolika Reply
number and names of covering layers of the heart, 🙏
Komolika
what is oogenesis
okolie Reply
formation of an egg cell
Japhar
yeah
Tahir
ok
okolie
the reproduction of egg cells
Komolika
what is evolution
Muritala Reply
?
Kashif

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