Urinary System Case Study.docx - Urinary System Case Study 1 What does the color of Max\u2019s urine tell Tracey about how concentrated or dilute it is How

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Urinary System Case Study 1. What does the color of Max’s urine tell Tracey about how concentrated or dilute it is? How does Max’s urine color/concentration compare to the urine specific gravity at the same time? The pale urine is dilute, the yellow urine is more concentrated, and the dark yellow urine is very concentrated. Specific gravity is the ratio of the density of a substance compared to the density of an equal volume of distilled water. Urine, with its various solutes, has a greater specific gravity than water (1.001-1.035), which varies depending on the concentration of solute. The more concentrated the urine, the darker its color and the higher its specific gravity. 2. Based on the urine color and specific gravity, what might Tracey conclude about the hydration status of Max’s body at the three different times? When Max’s urine is pale with a low specific gravity, his body is likely to be well hydrated; the kidneys are reabsorbing less water, allowing it to be eliminated in urine. When his urine is dark yellow with a higher specific gravity, his kidneys are concentrating urine and reabsorbing more water in an attempt to maintain body fluid homeostasis (defend plasma osmolality). Dehydration will trigger this response. The yellow urine signals dehydration; the corresponding high-normal specific gravity is likely due to the small amount of glucose in the urine.
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