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Renal Cortex, with renal corpuscles

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The cortex of the kidney is distinguished by characteristic renal corpuscles, each of which consists of an outer envelope of simple squamous epithelium (Bowman's capsule) surrounding a fluid-filled space (Bowman's space) within which is suspended a glomerulus (glom).  

Examples of renal corpuscles

H&E
stain

PAS
stain

The bulk of the cortex consists of convoluted tubules.  Cells comprising proximal tubules stain more intensely eosinophilic than those comprising distal tubules.  The lumens of distal tubules commonly appear more open and clear than those of proximal tubules.

 

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Last updated:  19 August 2003 / dgk