Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Clearance, Glomerular Filtration and Kidney Function
Chapter 2. . Body Fluid Compartments and Fluid Movement across Them
Chapter 3. Osmolality and Serum Sodium Concentration
Chapter 4. Potassium Homeostasis
Chapter 5. Acid-Base Disorders
Chapter 6. The Serum Anion-Gap
Chapter 7. A Word about the Physiology of Dialysis
“Excellent contribution from UCSF nephrology’s top three clinician educators in fluid, electrolytes and renal physiology! The experienced clinician who sees patients with electrolyte or renal abnormalities will benefit the most from this book including intensivists, emergency room physicians, internists and obviously nephrologists. Topics such as what happens to renal function with acute kidney injury and it’s recovery, chronic kidney disease, sodium and acid/ base disorders which are commonly encountered by clinicians of different fields are explained more clearly than large textbook on nephrology which concentrate more on the basic physiology of the kidney tubules. Helpful hint on clinical management of patients with electrolyte and acid base disorders and renal dysfunction are plentiful.” – Chi-yuan Hsu, MD, MSc, Professor and Division Chief, Division of Nephrology, University of California, CA, USA
“Understanding Basic Renal Physiology is an up-to-date review of major topics in renal physiology and pathophysiology. The seven chapters cover these core and clinically relevant topics in a comprehensible manner, using clinical examples as well as simple and informative figures. Physicians and other care givers often approach patient with disorders in fluid, acid-base and electrolytes disorders with much trepidation, often relying on pattern reading or complex formulas rather than understanding the core concepts essential to their diagnosis and management. The strength of the book is that it provides a logical approach to patients with these complex disorders in a concise and highly readable manner. The book is therefore highly recommended to any care giver involved in the care of these patients.” – Asghar Rastegar MD, Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), Section of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine.
Keywords: Renal physiology
The book is intended for all experienced clinicians but especially for emergency room physician, internist, family practitioners, hospitalist and nephrologists. The book is not intended to be a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of renal physiology, rather it is intended to clarify understanding of few core concept of renal physiology and pathology as it relates to patient care. As each patient with electrolyte or renal disorder presents in their own unique way, we find it useful to understand the basis behind those core concepts to be able to explain why the patient does not completely fit the textbook case.