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Which anatomic affect should yo keep in mind when palpating the kidney of a patient with a genitourinary problem?



A. The left kidney usually is slightly higher than the right one.
B. The kidneys are situated just above the adrenal glands.
C. The average kidney is approximately 5 cm (2″) long and 2 to 3 cm (¾″ to 1⅛″) wide.
D. The kidneys lie between the 10th and 12th thoracic vertebrae.
Asked by Jayden, Last updated: Jan 17, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

The left kidney usually is slightly higher than the right one.-rationale: the left kidney usually is slightly higher than the right one. an adrenal gland lies atop each kidney. the average kidney measures approximately 11 cm (4) long, 5 to 5.8 cm (2 to 2) wide, and 2.5 cm (1) thick. the kidneys are located retroperitoneally, in the posterior aspect of the abdomen, on either side of the vertebral column. they lie between the 12th thoracic and 3rd lumbar vertebrae. client needs category: health promotion and maintenance client needs subcategory: none cognitive level: knowledge reference: smeltzer, s.c., et al. brunner & suddarths textbook of medical-surgical nursing,11th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1493.
 

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