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Explain how urine is formed and excreted.

Urine is formed by ultrafiltration of blood by the kidneys.

nephron = functional unit of the kidney

The glomerulus is the specialized capillary bed that allow passage of fluids and soluted from the blood into the lumen of the nephron. The "primary filtrate" is modified during its passage through the nephron. 

-approx 1.5 L of urin excreted daily (10% of the blood volume filtered through the glomeruli)


Describe the principal portions of the nephron and explain how they function.

It consists of the glomerulus, convoluted tubules, and collecting ducts. 

The contents of the primary filtrate are partially resorbed and partially enriched by substances that are secreted into the nephron.

The close positioning of blood vessels allows concentration of urine and selective excretion of minerals and water.


What is the functional significance of transitional epithelium?

it is "waterproof" and can withstand prolonged exposure to urine.

it lines the calices, pelves, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra


Describe the effects of various hormones on the kidney.

post. pit. >> ADH >> antidiuresis

atria of heart >> ANH >> 

adrenals >> aldosterone


Which hormones and growth factors does the kidney produce?

Renin >> raises BP

erythropoietin >> stimulates RBC production


List the most important symptoms of kidney disease.


alterations in volume: oliguria, anuria
alterations in content: proteinuria, glucosuria, hematuria, pyuria


infection: fever, shivering, malaise
renal failure: uremia >> CNS changes >> coma/death


How common are renal developmental disorders, and which one of them is the most common?

very common

1 in 800 born with 1 kidney

one-sided renal agenesis



Correlate the pathology of autosomal dominant poycystic kidney disease with the clinical features of this disease.

inherited Mendelian trait, related to the mutation of polycystin-1 a cell-to-cell adhesion molecule holding cells together.

- both kidneys enlarge with cysts

- tubule obstruction

- dev. renal failure by 40-50

Must distinguish from multicystic renal dysplasia: unilateral


Classify glomerular diseases.

1. Immunologic

2. Metabolic

3. Circulatory


List the most important immunologic glomerular diseases.

Injury is often mediated by antibodies and classified as Type II (cytotoxic) or Type III (immune complex) hypersensitivity reaction.

Immunoglobulins deposit in the glomeruli and cause inflammation = glomerulonephritis

*secondary >> tubulointerstitial 

- wegener's granulomatosis

Immunoglobulins deposit in the glomeruli and NO inflammation = glomerulopathies

lipoid nephrosis

- membranous nephropathy

- Berger's disease


List the most important metabolic glomerulopathies.

Caused by systemic metabolic disorders

- diabetes

- amyloidosis



Explain how circulatory disorders affect glomeruli.

atherosclerosis: hypoperfusion >> involution and hyalinzation

sudden onset HTN: possible fibrinoid necrosis

shock/DIC: microthrombi





List the four most imporant syndromes related to glomerular diseases. 

1. Acute renal failure

2. Nephritic syndrome

3. Nephrotic syndrome

4. Isolated hematuria and/or proteinuria


Compare nephrotic and nephritic syndrome.

nephritic syndrome = ususally caused by acute poststreptococcal or postinfectious glomerulonephritis

generalized edema, HTN, hematuria, proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia

nephROtic syndrome = usually caused by lipoid nephrosis (children) or focal glomerulosclerosis + membranous nephropathy + diabetes (adults)

generalized edema, proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and hyperlipidemia, lipiduria


Explain the pathogenesis of acute glomerulonephritis and correlate the pathologic and clinical findings in this disease.

Antigen-antibody complexes are trapped in glomerular basement membranes >> activate complement and attract inflammatory cells

Hypercellularity occurs, partly b/c mesangial cells proliferate in response to injury. 

Deposits of immune comlexes on the epithelial side of the basement membrane form "humps". 



Explain the pathogenesis of crescentic glomerulonephritis and relate the pathologic and cliical findings in this disease.

severe glomerular injury accompanied by the formation of exudate (marcrophages that have drossed between damaged glomerular capillaries)

Inflammatory cells surround the compressed capillary loops in the form of a crescent moon. Macrophages are gradually replaced by fibroblasts, which secrete collagen >> scarring and complete obliteration of glomeruli.


Explain the pathogenesis of membranous nephropathy and relate the pathologic and clinical findings of the disease.

Massive deposition of immune complexes >> nephritic syndrome. NO EVIDENCE of INFLAMMATION. 


What is lipoid nephrosis, and how is it diagnosed?

Nephrotic syndrome + hyperlipidemia and lipiduria
Glomeruli show no changes on light microscopy. 


What do most forms of chronic proliferative glomerulonephritis have in common?

they all have . . . a chronic course, do not responde to treatment, progress to ESRD.



What is the cause of end-stage kidney disease, and how does it present clinically?

end = uremia


- kidneys appear small, uniformly shrunken

- hyalinzation of glomeruli

- tubular atrophy

- fibrous tissue in the dilated intersitium surrounds atrophic tubules


How does diabetes mellitus affect the kidneys?

1 .Thickening of BM + 

increased amount of mesangial matrix

= glomerulosclerosis

2. basement membranes have increased permeability >> proteinuria

3. arterioles have hyalinosis >> thickened walls and narrow lumens

4. papillary necrosis

5. prone to infections


List the four most common forms of kidney stones.

1. calcium

2. struvite

3. uric acid

4. cystine 


Compare ascending and descending UTIs and list the most common predisposing conditions for these infections.

bacteria introduced through urethra

- intrsumentation
- intercourse
- pregnancy
- tumors


 through blood

- sepsis
- septic emboli


Compare the pathologic and clinical features of acute/chronic pyelonephritis.

Acute = suppurative infection of the kidneys

Chronic = may evolve from acute; persisten infection leads to the destruction of renal parenchyma and scar formation; loss of renal tissue; kidneys often asymmetric (b/c bacteria grow at different rates)


Compare the causes of cystitis in men and women and in young and old people.






Compare the pathologic and clnical features of acute and chronic cystitis.

acute = grossly visible congestion and mucosal hemorrhages (cystoscopy)

chronic = foci of hemorrhage, ulceration, thickening


Explain how circulatory collapse causes renal tubular necrosis.

Sudden decrease in arterial pressure will result in acute hypoperfusion of the kidneys.

Key: reduction of blood flow is more prominent in the CORTEX. Therefore, cortical tubules, especially PCT, are most affected. 


Explain the effects of HTN on the kidneys

- stimulates renal arterial and arteriolar contraction

- thickening of vessel walls 

- arteries: fibrotic and multilayered

- arterioles: hyalinazation

Malignant HTN >> fibrinoid necrosis (sustained will >> hyperplasia of smooth muscles, crescentic layer like onion ring)

arterial and arteriolar changes lead to ischemia >> renal failure


List three common tumors of the urinary tract.

1. renal cell carcinoma

2. urothelial carcinoma

3. Wilm's tumor

*bladder tumors are the most common


Compare renal cell carcinoma and Wilms' tumor.

RCC = most common kidney cancer

possibly caused by smoking, link with VHL syndrome (loss of VHL tumor suppressor gene, characterized by appearance of cerebellar hemangioblastomas and retinal angiomas)

- sharply demarcted nodules and masses

- cuboidal cells

- "clear cell carcinoma"

Wilm's = most common tumor in children

Two tumor suppressor genes WT1 and 2, appear to be transcription factor involved in the normal dev. of kidney/organs. Deletion = congenital malformations (often bilateral)

- immature cells

- resemble fetal tubules and glomeruli