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Examples of acid-base imbalance: metabolic acidosis versus respiratory acidosis; metabolic alkalosis versus respiratory alkalosis.


* Metabollic = 1.) KD not working properly 2.) Exercise bc of lactic acid 3.) Protein based diet 4.) Diabetes Mellitis or 5.) Infection

* Respiratory = CO2 will be expelled more avidly (LU XU - COPD, asthma, acute illness). LU's help KD restore homeostasis. KD will absorb more CO3 (Bicarbonate) & remove more hydrogen.


* Metabollic = Too may tums or veggie diet, Most freq. resistent to Tx. & too much vomiting (Cancer Pts., pregnant Pts., alcoholics, GI poisoning) stored in ST as HCL breathing slows bc less acid

*Respiratory = hyperventilate, anxiety, change in altitude


Major risk factors, leading to acute tubular necrosis - AKA MI of the KD's

ATN - It is most common cause of acute renal failure. two major causes * tubules can't concentrate urine so no urine 1. severe ischemia - interruption of blood supply 2. drugs, chemical exposure - nephrotoxic drugs - anti- cancer, anti etc...

** It is reversible if caught and removed ischemia, nephrotoxic drugs and chemicals (antimicrobial drugs, organic solvents, pesticides, myoglobin, heavy metals as mercury, lead, gold

compounds tubules disabled ==> glomeruli disabled ==> tubules compressed ==> the outcome could be either massive tubular necrosis with anuria or reverse to normal function

Initial stage - 36 hrs - toxin damage

Oliguric phase - 10 days - decreased urine output

Diuretic phase - dangerous stage - can lead to more infections Recovery phase - around week 3


Vulnerable population for UTIs?

Children & elderly are vulnerable populations. And pregnant women - must be monitored closely and can lead to miscarriage or preclampsia.


Two syndromes of glomerulonephritis (nephrotic versus nephritic). Post-streptoccal glomerulonephritis as nephritic syndrome: etiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentations, diagnosis and treatment....

Glomerulonephritis is AUTO-IMMUNE infection of the KD 1.) Nephritic Syndrome = damage of fenestration/inner membranes of the glomeruli - blood cells try to leave blood compartment and appears in urine - hematuria. Mild-moderate albumin uria. • Presents with hematuria, hypertension, slight proteinuria, periorbital & PARTIAL edema, petechial skin hemorrhages, fever, flank pain, & malaise.

If post-streptococcal, usually occurs 2-3 weeks after either strep. throat or (most commonly) impetigo (strep. skin infection). - comes with Nephritic syndrome

2.) Nephrotic syndrome = Mainly due to further massive damage of both fenestration & basement membranes of the glomeruli. Inner & outer membranes (odocytes) damages. Albumns leak like crazy. SEVERE albumin urea and SEVERE edema. Most common causes are food allergies in children, drug toxicities, blood cancers. • Accompanied by massive leakage of albumins (proteinuria), severe edema, hyperlipidemia, loss of albumins in blood compartment (hypoalbuminemia).



The swelling of the veins inside the scrotum. These veins are found along the cord that holds up a man's testicles (spermatic cord).

Varicoceles develop slowly most of the time. They are more common in men ages 15 - 25 and are most often seen on the left side of the scrotum.

* A varicocele in an older man that appears suddenly may be caused by a kidney tumor, which can block blood flow to a vein. The problem is more common on the left side than the right.

* Sperm count will increase post Sx. but not necc fertility



A birth (congenital)/defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. In males, the opening of the urethra is normally at the end of the penis.




What parts of the MRS and FRS constitute primary gonads?

Ovaries are primary gonads in Females & Testes are the primary gonads in Males


Structure and Function of the scrotum and the cremasteric reflex. What nerve is responsible for this reflex? What is the significance of this reflex for reproduction?

Genitofemoral Nerve is responsible for the reflex. Causes contraction of ipsilateral cremaster muscle drawing the testes upward when the inner aspect of the thigh is stroked longitudinally. Keeps temperature for sperm.


Structure and function of the testis. Sequence of the seminiferous tubules. What is the function of Sertoli cells? Leydig cells? Which ones constitute testis-blood barrier, and produce androgen-binding protein? Which ones produce testosterone?

Sertoli cells are located within seminiferous tubules – they create the hemato-testicular barrier & for the nourishment of spermatozoa. Leydig cells produce testosterone in the presence of LH.


What is the significance of tunica vaginalis and what is hydrocele?

Consist if an inner and outer serous membrane layer surrounding the testes and epididymis. Hydrocele is the accumulation of serous fluid in a body sac causing swelling in the scrotum. Usually a sign of inflammation or injury but normal in babies until age 1 or so.


Where do spermatogenic cells mature?

In the seminiferous tubules


Endocrine control of the testes: what are the functions of FSH, LH inhibin, DHT?

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) - produced in pituitary gland, stimulates production of sperm by stimulating sertoli cells to secrete androgen-binding proteins, which then allows access of testosterone to developing spermatogonia. Luteinizing hormone (LH) – also from pituitary gland, stimulates leydig cells to produce & secrete testosterone.

Inhibin - provides negative feedback to the pituitary to stop the secretion of follicle stimulating hormone.

Dihydrotestosterone is testosterone converted by the prostate gland, & is responsible for growth and development of sexual organs, pubic and body hair growth, and masculine behaviors.


What are the structure and the function of the epididymis?

Epididymus is a long tubule that sits behind the testicle & is site for the maturation of sperm.


What is the difference between ductus deferens and spermatic cord?

Ductus Deferens transport sperm from the epididymis behind the testicle to the ejaculatory duct, while the spermatic cord includes the ducuts deferens as well as nerves and arteries, protecting them with layers of fascia.


What glands generate seminal fluid?

The prostate gland & seminal vesicle generate seminal fluid.


What are three parts of male urethra?

1.) Prostatic urethra, 2.) Membranous urethra, and 3.) Spongy urethra


What is the major function of Cowper’s glands?

They protect the semen by creating an alkaline environment through secretions that make up part of the seminal fluid. 


Semen characteristics:

Semen consists of sperm, seminal fluids secreted by the cowper’s glands & prostate gland. The volume of semen, the motility of the sperm (flagella), as well as the concentration of the sperm in semen are characteristics tested to help determine male fertility. The shape (morphology) of the sperm, the pH, and the semen’s ability to liquefy within a specific amount of time are also important to male fertility.


Structure of the penis. What are the three cylindrical structures, which constitute penile body? What is erectile tissue composed of?

Two corpora cavernosa and one corpus spongiosum make up the penis body. The erectile tissue is composed of smooth muscle, collagen fibrous tissue, and cavernous sinuses


What is the division of the autonomic nervous system, which controls erection? Ejaculation? What is a neurotransmitter, responsible for an erection?

The Parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) controls erection, while the Sympathetic nervous system controls ejaculation. Nitric oxide is responsible for an erection.


The best index of GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate)?

Serum creatinine - if it stays in blood then less filtration if higher in urine then filtrating


What is BUN?

It stands for Blood Urea Nitrogen. It reflects cumulative amount of ammonia in blood compartment. This index is less specific than creatinine for identification of GFR. However, it reflects as well on filtrating and excreting ability of the kidneys (Human Physiology of the Urinary System). - BUN depends on ht, lv urea cycle & how KD discards ammonia


Topographic kidney anatomy (where are the kidneys situated relevant to peritoneum and spinal column?).



Definition of specific gravity of urine

Osmolarity of Urine – relevant to concentration – should be more concentrated then plasma; 1.002 – 1.035 is normal range . Normal urinary output in 24 hours and within one hour – 700 mL – 2L


What is the Renin cascade for HTN?

Renin – → Angiotensin I→ Angiotensin II→Aldosterone→ NA+ retention→ADH→ Water retention→ HTN


What are normal versus abnormal constituents of urine? Are proteins, glucose, formed elements of blood permitted into the urine? Do bilirubin (urobilinogen), electrolytes, ammonia, hormones, creatinine constitute normal urinary findings? Normal pH range of the urine?

Protein urea is NOT acceptable in urine - no RBC or WBC unless inflamm, no bacteria - however, in 1st portion always present esp in women urine & urinary bladder are sterile yellow bc of bilirubin -- urobilinogen - the more concentrated the more yellow; 4.5-8.0 – side note: blood pH is 7.4 (7.35 = Acidosis & 7.45 = Alkalosis. can be alkaline or acidic - depends on nutrition * more acidic in diabetes patients and meat eaters,, post exercise bc of lactic acid * more alakaline if vomit or high veggie eaters * Ph is algorythym for collecting numbers - reflection of concentration of hydrogen atoms - higher more acidic - lower more alkaline



pain upon urination



blood in urine - red flag for urinary system cancer, esp when painless


The more ______ lost the more edema - _______ attract fluids in extracellular compartment of blood

Albumins - swollen symmetrical eyes = kidney peri-orbital edema - if more partial edema kidney is involved & ankles swollen - hands is partial edema



swampy/not clear urine - usually foreign component more lipids bc albumins are abnormal and proteins carry lipids (lipoproteins) can't move them


Skin bruising, petechiae, purpura, palor, jaundice:

palor due to less erythropoeitin,

patechial hemorraghe, skin bruising because of glomerular compromised

itching/pruritis - KD & Liver - bc of salts of bilirubin - irritating receptors for itching at thalamus & parietal lobe

jaundice bc bilirubin not being removed


Types of imaging used to find Urinary System D/O's? Blood Tests?

Imaging: CT, US, MRI, MRA, cystography, angiography (ultrasound is most effective & least costly)

Blood test: CBC - neutrophils = bacterial if lymphocytosis = viral, Hb, ESR/ CReactive Protein - will suggest inflammation, creatinine = GFR, immunology tests, Chem 7 (electrolytes, BUN = ammonia in blood, glucose), urinary pH, ABG (arterial blood gases)



(PKD) Childhood - large cysts in kidney & stops filtration - leads to death - AUTOSOMAL RECESSIVE - one gene dominant is healthy but recessive is not. children die or PCKD is AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT - some cysts develop in utero & will follow 1st part of life & slow diminution - child will survive & reach adulthood - around 30 years of age they start to gradually decompensate polycysteine gene 1 or 2 (PKD)

** ADPKD are autosomal dominant gene. Mutations in the PKD-1 gene on chromosome 16 (ADPKD-1) account for 85% of cases, whereas mutations in the PKD-2 gene on chromosome 4 (ADPKD-2) represent the remainder.


Presenting S&S include ABD discomfort, hematuria, urinary tract infection, incidental discovery of hypertension, abdominal mass, elevated serum creatinine, or cystic kidneys on imaging studies, patients usually have renal pain, & develop renal insufficiency, possible diagnosis?

ADPKD - Patients with ADPKD have a risk of cerebral hemorrhage from a ruptured intracranial aneurysm as compared to the general population.


Leading cause of UTI's?

stagnant urine in any part of Urinary system


Types of Urinary Stones: 1.) A Staghorn Calculus is a _______ stone - usually affecting Calyx. 2.) Struvite caused by GI bacteria & produce ______-_____ stones. Urea splitting bacteria 3.) Cystine caused by ____ acid and caused by high animal protein diet

1.) Staghorn = Calcium and are very large - ONLY radio-opaque type 2.) Struvite = ammonia-magnesium-phosphate stones 3.) Cystine = Uric acid


pyelonephritis =

ACUTE bacterial infection/inflammation of the KD - results when a UTI progresses to involve the upper urinary system (the kidneys and ureters). DOES NOT affect glomerulus


Most forms of KD cancers generate in the _________ and mostly generate in ______

KD cancer generates in pyramids and mostly in males


Most common Renal Cancer?

Renal Cell Carcinoma - more common in males * No clinical findings in early stages usually diagnosed late with painless hematuria ** Chemotherapy is not considered effective but immunotherapy can extend life


Bladder Cancer/Transitional cell carcinoma is very ________ cancer by nature. ______ most common cancer in males.

Chemical cancer; Tumor tends to recur after on same or opposite side after tx. - Usually originates from transitional epithelium of the UB (urothelium) - only exists in Bladder. 4th most common cause of cancer in males - deletion of p53 gene


Orchitis? What is a common cause? What is a complication?

Inflammation of the testes; commonly caused by Mumps virus.

* POST-PUBERTAL males could lead to partial or complete sterility. 

* Pre-Pubertal males sperm will not be affected bc not yet generated


Priapism? What is the most common cause? And 2nd most common?

A painful erection UNRELATED to sexual arousal; most common cause is Ischemia.

* 2nd most common cause is use of drugs for ED. spinal cord trauma could also contribute. 



Undescended testis/es. Both testes originate from the POSTERIOR ABD wall & expected to descend via inguinal canal into scrotum before birth.

* even if surgery or descent - accounts for more prevalence of testicular cancer & male infertility


Prostate might undergo benign gradual enlargement due to its glandular tissues being primed by ______

DHT - active form of testosterone


______ is a very sensitive test for prostate growth. Will it help determine between malignant or benign? What type of Symptoms?


PSA - Prostate Specific Antigen test - tissues can grow either due to BPH or prostate cancer. levels in blood are a redflag for screening for cancer or effectiveness of Tx. 

NORMAL RANGE IS - .1-4.0 ng per mL. 6 or higher is reason for Biopsy

* NO - Trans-Rectal needle or surgical biopsy  followed by cytology investigation is needed to determine malignancy. 

* Prostate Cancer is ASYMPTOMATIC until late - due to slow development from peripheral regions - in late stage it usually affects bones of the spine


Fixed lower back pain, NOT relieved by pain killers and worse in supine position at night, especially in a male patient over 50 years old with obstruction of urination...Red flag for? 

Prostate Cancer


Testicular Cancer/Seminoma is most prevalent in _______ males. If diagnosed early, 95% could be successfully treated.

YOUNG males - ages 15-34


Hormone responsible for Major metabollic effects of the Males?

Testosterone - 

DHT responsible for -

  1. growth of long bones in appropriate density & closure of epipheseal plates - close during puberty (short stocky build male had an early puberty)
  2. 2ndary sexual characteristics which includes everything except testes (primary sexual characteristic)
  3. masculine features in psychology - aggressiveness
  4. sexual drive
  5. fertility - differentiation of spermatogenisis

Prostate converts Testosterone into DHT - prostate has 5 alpha reductase for conversion




_____ (basically a misnomer) refers to the increase in size of the prostate in middle-age & elderly men.

• It is characterized by: 

BPH - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy/misnomer

• Hyperplasia of prostatic stromal & epithelial cells, resulting

in formation of large, fairly discrete nodules in the periurethral region of the prostate.

- STORAGE & VOIDING Symptoms - urinary hesitancy, freq. urination, dysuria (painful urination), increased risk of urinary tract infections, & urinary retention. 50% of men will have by age 50 & 75% will have by age 80.


What is the secnd most common type of cancer in male population?

  • Prostate cancer
  • occurs after age 50
  • Mostly in black men & less often in asian men
  • Pathogenisis include elevated levels of active testosterone - DHT & estrogen, fat diet, smoking, obesity, genetics, possible viral influences, chronic prostatitis (to amlesser degree) are discussed


_____ will transilluminate but a testicular mass will be opaque.

  • hydrocele
  • Clear fluid accumulates in a sac of tunica vaginalis lined by a serosa with a variety of inflammatory & neoplastic conditions

  • benign masses will disappear in supine position & cancer masses will be fixed & changing of position will not make it disapear on palpation or supine position


BPH & Prostate cancer in many cases will ______. Many patients in advanced age will die with prostate cancer rather than from it. 

coexist; slow development and mostly asymptomatic until late stages


Differences between BPH & Prostate Cancer? 

Prostate cancer = grows from outside in & will have fixed lower back pain especially at night in supine position. Asymptomatic until late stage.

BPH =  grows from inside out.  More clinical presentations of obstruction. (Hypertrophy is a misnomer/Hyperplasia is better).

Order of Examination: - Rectal Palpation - discomfort & texture of prostate - if enlarged will protrude into rectum. If Rough and nodular more cancerous, if smooth and movable than benign. 

- Ultrasound - will help determine weight or prostate & enlargement, residual volume of urine will determine degree of obstruction.

- Blood test - PSA - will determine degree of growth of prostate tissue that convert DHT. Will NOT determine if malignant or benign.  .1 - 4.0 ng per mL is normal range.