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WHAT ARE KIDNEYS?

WHAT DO THE KIDNEYS DO?

In addition to filtering the blood, the kidneys also:

HOW DO THE KIDNEYS WORK?

The kidneys act like sieves, filtering the waste and excess fluid from the blood. Blood passes through the kidneys and is cleaned before returning to the heart.

  1. First blood enters the kidneys via the renal arteries.
  2. Then, inside the kidneys, millions of mini-filtering systems called nephrons sieve the blood.
  3. Certain substances the body needs are reabsorbed and the waste products and extra fluid that the body does not need are removed in the form of urine.
  4. The clean blood returns to the body through the renal veins.
  5. The urine is carried from the kidneys to the bladder by tubes called ureters.
  6. The bladder stores the urine until it is full, when the urine passes out of the body via the urethra.

Each day, the kidneys process about 190 litres (335 pints) of blood through 145 miles (225km) of ‘tubes’ and millions of mini filtering systems called ‘nephrons’.in addition to filtering the blood and balancing fluid levels in the body, the kidneys also produce different hormones and chemicals, which perform several key functions.

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Author
Dr. Sowmya Puthalapattu Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, or Dr. Sowmya as she’s known to patients, is an experienced board-certified nephrologist and internal medicine physician at Kingwood Kidney Associates, with offices in Kingwood and The Woodlands, Texas. Dedicated to providing her patients with comprehensive individualized care, Dr. Puthalapattu believes in the importance of active listening and having an open and creative clinical mind to provide the right care to meet her patients’ needs. She is faculty and Subspeciality education coordinator for Nephrology at IM GME program HCA Kingwood . Her areas of specialty include chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, hyponatremia, and high blood pressure. A resident of The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Puthalapattu spends her free time with her husband and two children. Her favorite activities include hiking and traveling.

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