An Overview of the Structural and Functional Organization of the Kidney

  • Esmail Koushanpour
  • Wilhelm Kriz


Our understanding of the kidney’s function and of its role in the regulation of the volume and composition of body fluid is related to an understanding of the structure of the kidney. In this chapter, we provide a detailed description of the structural organization of the whole kidney, the nephrons and their layout within the kidney, the blood supply of the kidney, the renal interstitium, lymphatics, and innervation, including the architectural organization of the cortex. We conclude the chapter by briefly considering an overview of the functional organization of the kidney. The materials presented provide a framework for subsequent analysis and synthesis of the renal function described in the ensuing chapters.


Renal Medulla Outer Medulla Afferent Arteriole Efferent Arteriole Capillary Plexus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esmail Koushanpour
    • 1
  • Wilhelm Kriz
    • 2
  1. 1.Northwestern University Medical SchoolChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of HeidelbergHeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany

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