Kidney biopsy is one test in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the kidney using a long thin needle. Then, this sample is sent to a lab and looked at under a microscope. This can help doctor to find out any kidney problem timely.
If you have the following conditions, your doctors may suggest you to do this test, including:
- The cause of Nephrotic Syndrome is unclear and doctors suspect it is due to systemic disease
- People with glomerulonephritis suffer from the rapid decline of kidney function
- Primary Nephrotic Syndrome
- People whose proteinuria lasts for a long time don't have other symptoms
- The causes of Lupus Nephritis, renal hypertension, acute kidney failure or chronic kidney failure can't be determined.
Besides, in many other conditions, patients may be also recommended to do this test.
Through analyzing kidney biopsy report, we can get a lot of information, such as:
- Accurate diagnosis
- The guidance for right treatment
- Estimation about prognosis
- Learn about the extent of kidney damage
Even though kidney biopsy can help a lot for kidney disease patients, not all patients are suggested to do this test. This is because kidney biopsy can cause some risks.
In some cases, there is some bleeding in the biopsy site. Commonly, it stops quickly, but if the bleeding in more severe, blood transfusion or an operation may be needed. Besides, hematuria, back pain, stomach pain, fever or infections may happen.