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Minor Calices (Posterior Part; Right)
Urogenital System

Minor Calices (Posterior Part; Right)

Calices renales minores

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The minor calices directly surround each renal papilla (the apex of each renal pyramid) in order to collect the urine excreted from the pyramids. Two or more minor calices continue as a single major calix.


The minor calices serve as funnel shaped urine collectors due to their close approximation to renal papilla.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Kidney stones

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Kidney Pelvis

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The kidney pelvis acts like a funnel, collecting the urine produced in the kidney and leading to a central “stem,” the ureter.

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