Saturday, February 28, 2015

Study group discussion: Fixed specific gravity

What is fixed specific gravity? Like what is the cause?

Because of renal failure, the remaining functional nephrons undergo compensatory structural and hypertrophic changes,these compensatory changes result in urine that is almost isotonic with plasma.  Therefore, a patient experiencing renal failure will present with specimens measuring the same, or fixed, specific gravity regardless of water intake

Thanks! Is there any value associated with it? Numerals?

Low specific gravity in renal failure, which results in a fixed specific gravity is between 1.007 and 1.010.

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