Kidney Health Care - David Mangusan Jr, PTRP
Function of the Nephrons
Your nephrons help:
- Remove excess water,wastes and other substances from your blood.
- Return substances like sodium, potassium or phosphorus whenever any of these substances run low in your body.
Each nephron is composed of two main structures: the glomerulus and renal (kidney) tubule.
The glomerulus is a tiny blood vessel or capillary, which looks like a ball of yarn. Actual filtering of your blood occurs in the glomerulus.
Each of your glomeruli acts like a sieve that helps keep normal proteins and cells in your bloodstream and allows wastes, excess fluid and other substances to pass.
The tubule, also called renal or kidney tubule, is a tiny tube where the wastes, extra fluid and other recyclable substances like sodium and potassium filtered out from the glomerulus pass through.
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Glomerulus and Tubule
- Learn more about the Parts of the Nephron
Damage to your nephrons can lead to kidney disease. Conditions that can affect your glomerulus are:
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