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Renal Columns (Anterior Part; Left)
Urogenital System

Renal Columns (Anterior Part; Left)

Columnae renales

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The renal columns are extensions of the renal cortex that separate adjacent renal pyramids.

Function

The renal columns provide passage for blood vessels to extend throughout the renal cortex as they continue towards the renal pyramids. The columns also contain fibrous connective tissue contributing to the stroma of the renal cortex.

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Renal Cortex

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In the renal cortex, the nephrons merge into the collecting duct system, which traverses the kidney and empties into the renal pelvis.

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