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What is the renal angle?

Between the junction of the 12th rib and the lateral border of the erector spinae muscle


Where is the hepatorenal recess?

Just in front of the kidney in a space just behind the liver


To which ribs does the diaphragm attach?

11 and 12


To which abdominal muscles do the kidneys lie anterior?

Psoas major, quadratic lumborum and transversus abdominis


Which nerves do the kidneys lie anterior to?

Subcostal (T12), iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves (L1)


What is another name for the renal fascia?

Gerota's fascia


Are the kidneys intra or retro-peritoneal?

Intraperitoneal and therefore can move


Describe the fat and fascia that encompasses the kidneys

The kidney is surrounded by a renal capsule; this renal capsule contains peritoneal fat anteriorly and the renal (Gerota's) fascia posteriorly. There is also pararenal fat that is present anteriorly and lateral to the kidney


What is the renal capsule?

The layer that surrounds the kidney surface, which contains peritoneal fat and renal fascia


Where does the renal artery pass in relation to the inferior vena cava (IVC)?

The renal artery passes behind the inferior vena cava


At what level does the renal artery arise?



At what level do the renal veins arise?

L2, anterior to the aorta


Which structures have venous drainage into the left renal vein?

Left suprarenal veins and the left gonadal veins


How does the length of the left renal vein differ from the right?

The left renal vein is much longer as the right renal vein drains directly into the IVC.


Where does the lymphatic fluid from the kidneys drain?

Into the lateral aortic lymph nodes


What provides the nerve supply to the kidney?

The renal plexus


Describe the renal plexus of nerves

The renal plexus contains sympathetic visceral afferents from the thoracic and lumbar splanchnic nerves from T10-T12


Why may an individual have a sensation of pain over the small of the back or the flanks due to AKI?

The renal plexus supplies sympathetic afferents from the level of T10-T12 and therefore if damage occurs, this will be relayed to the dermatomes of T10-T12 which is usually the small of the back or flanks


Are the ureters retro or intra-peritoneal?

The ureters are retroperitoneal


At what point do the ureters begin to curve inwards towards the bladder?

When they reach the level of the ischial spine


What are the three layers of the ureteric wall?

1) transitional epithelia (mucosa)
2) smooth muscle (muscular)
3) fibrous connective tissue (adventitia)


What is the nerve supply to the ureters?

Sensory innervation from the visceral afferents enter from T11-L2:

If pain is acknowledged in the upper part of the ureter then this causes 'loin pain' which is referred by the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves (L1)

If the pain is acknowledged lower down in the ureter then the patient will feel 'groin pain' as the pain is now referred via the genitofemoral nerve (L1,L2) instead and therefore goes to groin dermatomes


What is meant by 'loin and groin' pain in ureteric stones?

If there is a ureteric stone in the superior portion of the ureter this will stimulate iliohypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves which will refer this pain to the L1 dermatome which signifies groin pain

If the stone moves down and irritates the inferior portion of the ureter, this will stimulate the genitofemoral nerve instead which stimulates the L1,L2 dermatome which causes referred pain to the groin dermatomes


Is the urinary bladder intra- or retro-peritoneal?

It is retroperitoneal


Describe the location of the urinary bladder

It is located on the pelvic floor, posterior to the pubic symphysis


How is the urinary bladder connected to the umbilicus?

Via the median umbilical ligament (urachus)


What are the three layers of the bladder wall?

1) Mucosa - transitional epithelia
2) Muscular - thick muscular layer
3) Adventitia - fibrous tissue


What is the trigone? What is it's clinical importance?

This is the triangular area outlined by the openings for ureters (two of them) and the urethra (one of these) and it is clinically important because infections tend to persist in this region of the bladder.


Describe the location and anatomical relations of the female urethra

The urethra is tightly bound to the anterior vaginal wall (posterior to the clitoris, anterior to the vaginal wall)


Name the four different sections of the male urethra

Intramural (pre-prostatic), prostatic, membranous and spongy urethra