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The kidneys are responsible for filtering our blood — removing waste, toxins, and extra fluids by converting them into urine.
Poor circulation, infections, or structural abnormalities can cause the kidneys to malfunction, which upsets the body's delicate fluid balance.
Renal pathologists use special tests and electron microscopes to examine the cells involved in diseases affecting the kidneys.
Their findings, interpretations and diagnoses help your doctor form a plan for your treatment.
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