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Plate 12.234 Kidney: Cortex

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 12.234 Kidney: Cortex

Rhesus monkey, Zenker's fluid, H. & E., 612 x.


Proximal tubule: Lumen continuous with that of glomerular capsule (Bowman's space). Large cuboidal cells, abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, and large spheroidal nuclei. Brush border.

Neck: The first part of the proximal tubule leading away from the glomerulus. Narrow and straight.

Distal tubule: Wider lumen, shorter cells, without brush border.

Glomerulus: A tuft of winding capillaries surrounded by epithelial cells and few connective tissue cells.

Arteriole: Afferent arteriole breaks up into many capillary loops inside the glomerulus. From these capillaries, the efferent arteriole is formed.

Capillary: Surrounds the renal tubules. These capillaries are branches of the efferent arteriole.

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