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Blood Filtration in Kidneys

  • Antonio Fasano
  • Adélia Sequeira
Part of the MS&A book series (MS&A, volume 18)


Kidneys are organs performing a number of fundamental operations of great complexity which involve a delicate combination of fluid dynamics and chemistry whose aim is not only to purify blood, but also to regulate blood pressure. In this chapter we will concentrate on modeling their filtrating action, which is made possible thanks to the admirable structure of the capillaries in the filtration units (the nephrons), provided with fenestrations calibrated in such a way to allow the passage of molecules not exceeding a certain size, so to prevent proteins loss.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Fasano
    • 1
  • Adélia Sequeira
    • 2
  1. 1.Fabbrica Italiana Apparecchi Biomedicali (FIAB)Università degli Studi di FirenzeFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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