RENAL IMAGE INDEX
This image contrasts three different tubules in the renal medulla:
- A descending thin segment of the loop of Henle, lined by squamous epithelial cells;
- An ascending thick segment of the loop of Henle, lined by cuboidal epithelial cells having eosinophilic cytoplasm and no apparent cell boundaries; and
- A collecting duct, lined by cuboidal epithelial cells having relatively clear cytoplasm and distinct cell boundaries.
Additional examples of medullary tubules
(not to scale)
To compare medullary tubules in longitudinal section, click on one of the thumbnails at right.
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