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Renal Pelvis (Anterior Part; Right)
Urogenital System

Renal Pelvis (Anterior Part; Right)

Pelvis renalis

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The renal pelvis is within the renal hilum, consists of a transitional epithelium (urothelium), and smooth muscle.


Urine from the major calices drains into the renal pelvis before continuing distally into the ureter via peristaltic waves of smooth muscle contraction.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Kidney stones

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Renal Pelvis

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Hydronephrosis is the dilation of the renal pelvis and the associated parenchymal atrophy and cystic enlargement of the kidney that results from an obstruction of urine flow.

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