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Pharmacology of the renal circulation

David P. Brooks and Richard M. Edwards

in The Pharmacology of Vascular Smooth Muscle

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780192623874
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192623874.003.0013
Pharmacology of the renal circulation

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The function of the kidney has been a focus of study since time immemorial. Considerable work is still being conducted to augment better understanding of the dominant role of the kidney in the regulation of both blood pressure and the internal millieu. Much work remains to be performed to comprehend fully the processes and mechanisms involved in both renal function and dysfunction. This chapter aims to provide some general information on one particular aspect of kidney function, the renal circulation. It describes some of the different methods used to study the renal circulation and provides a synopsis of some factors which affect blood flow through the kidney. Where appropriate, information on the pathophysiological role these factors may have in renal disease is also provided.

Keywords: renal circulation; blood pressure; kidney function; blood flow; renal disease

Chapter.  10539 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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