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Is the kidney better at concentrating urine or diluting urine?

the kidney is better at diluting urine


What is osmolal clearance? How do you compute osmolal clearance? what is the fixed value?

The amount of water cleared from the plasma, resulting in urine having the same osmolality as plasma; osmoles excreted per day/osmolality of blood (300 mOsmol/L); 2 L/day


What is the product of urine osmolality and urine output?

osmoles excreted/day (under normal physiological conditions this is 600 mOsmol/day)


What is free water clearance? How do you compute free water clearance?

The net amount of solute-free water moved from the blood to the urine; the difference between the urine volume and the osmolal clearance.


Urine output is the sum of what?

sum of osmolal clearance and free water clearance


What is the urine output for isosmotic urine?

osmolal clearance equals urine flow


What is the mechanism for generating dilute urine? what is the free water balance?

the kidney generates free water in the tubule lumen by reabsorbing sodium (and its corresponding anions) in excess of fluid in segments of the nephron with low water permeability; positive free water clearance


What is the mechanism for generating concentrated urine? what is the free water balance?

uses osmosis to drive water from the tubule lumen; negative free water clearance


Does reabsorption of fluids and solute in the proximal tubule change the osmolalilty of the lumen?



Are fluids or solutes more absorbed in the loop of Henle?

solutes; fluid entering the distal convoluted tubule is hypo-osmotic to blood


Why is the countercurrent system important?

single effect produces a large gradient between the cortex and papilla


What causes the single effect?

passive sodium chloride reabsorption in the tALH and active reabsorption in TAL; passive loss of water from tDLH


How does the body concentrate urine?

during water depletion, AVP stimulates urea transporters in collecting duct increasing the gradient for water to move (during water diuresis, urea is excreted)


What is countercurrent exchange?

hairpin structure of vasa recta (low blood flow to minimize washout of the medullary hypertonicity)


Is carbon dioxide an acid or base?



What is the primary role of the kidney in acid/base balance?

Increase proton secretion and increase formation of bicarbonate


If a patient is poorly ventilating what happens? how does the body compensate?

increased carbon dioxide decreases pH (more protons produced; respiratory acidosis); increased bicarbonate production


If a patient has low plasma bicarbonate what is happening? how does the body compensate?

metabolic acidosis; increase ventilation


How does the kidney concentrate protons?

titration with ammonium