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The kidney can vary its reabsorption of water to compensate for changes in
plasma volume resulting from dehydration or overhydration. The kidneys also
perform certain nonexcretory functions. They secrete substances that enter the
The upper front surface of the left kidney is near the left adrenal gland, the
stomach, and the spleen; the narrow portion of the pancreas called its tail runs
across the middle of the kidney, and coils of small intestines cover its lower half.
The condition usually calls for removal of the kidney, and the outlook is poor; both
kidneys may be affected, a situation that has on occasion been dealt with by
removal of both, followed by transplant of a healthy kidney. Other tumours.
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