Ureters – Kidneys and Suprarenal Glands

by James Pickering, PhD

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    00:00 Once the kidney has produced the urine, it then passes down the ureters into the bladder.

    00:06 And we can in this section, the sagittal section through the male and female trunk We can see how the ureters pass down towards the bladder.

    00:17 Now we will consider the bladder when we do the reproductive organs in the pelvis.

    00:22 Appreciate the bladder isn't a reproductive organ but it's in that location And it makes more sense that we deal with there. But for now, we can see that the ureters in both the male and the female are passing down towards the bladder.

    00:36 This is just the right kidney vein indicated. But we can see also that we have the left kidney giving rise to ureters as well. And these pass down these the muscular duct they pass down through the bladder where urine is then stored.

    00:50 They're retroperitoneal throughout their course. Along their course each of the ureters can become constricted, can become narrowed.

    01:00 And this is important if you were to have a kidney stone which could then become lodged against these constrictions preventing urine from passing down towards the bladder.

    01:11 And this can happen in one of three places. It can happen where the ureter joins the renal pelvis. So it can happen quite high up in the renal hilum where the renal pelvis narrows down into the ureter.

    01:25 It can be where it crosses over in the pelvic brim. This is where it's crossing over usually, the bifurcation of the common ileac into the internal and external portions.

    01:35 And also we can have a constriction at the entrance to the bladder.

    01:41 So three potential sites where the ureter can become constricted and then a kidney stone can be lodged.

    01:50 Three sites, the junction of the ureter in the renal pelvis the pelvic brim as the ureters cross over it and the junction at the entrance to the bladder.

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    The lecture Ureters – Kidneys and Suprarenal Glands by James Pickering, PhD is from the course Abdomen.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. They are intraperitoneal throughout their course.
    2. They are retroperitoneal throughout their course.
    3. They convey urine into the bladder.
    4. They are constricted at the pelvic brim.
    5. They are constricted at their entrance into the bladder.
    1. Along the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae
    2. Junction of the ureter and the renal pelvis
    3. Crossing the pelvic brim
    4. Entrance to the bladder

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     James Pickering, PhD

    James Pickering, PhD

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