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Is Kidney Biopsy Necessary for People with Kidney Disease

2012-11-17 17:28

A kidney biopsy involves taking a small piece of kidney tissue for examination. It is often down to diagnose and monitor certain conditions of the kidney. Here, we will talk about this question 'Is kidney biopsy necessary for people with Kidney Disease?'

The kidney biopsy is available for following cases:

▪ Nephritic Syndrome

▪ Glomerulonephritis: patients whose renal function decreases in a short time.

▪ Accelerated Nephritis Syndrome

Lupus Nephritis

▪ The reason for renal hypertension, Acute Renal Failure, chronic Kidney Failure is unsure.

Kidney biopsy can play a role on all the above-mentioned situations. However, as we all know, it is also a traumatic test which is harmful to patient's kidney and could cause series of complications including bleeding and pain as well as Arteriovenous Fistula. Besides, patients with following situations should think twice and consult their doctors about kidney biopsy:

Obvious bleeding tendency, serious hypertension, active Pyelonephritis, Nephrotuberculosis, Hydronephrosis, kidney neoplasms, aneurysm of renal artery, PKD, Nephrospasia, obesity, severe Ascites, heart failure, serious anemia, Hypovolemia or aged patients.

The goal of kidney biopsy is to figure out the pathological changes of renal cells, to diagnose a kidney disease that cannot otherwise be identified and then based on which to guide the future treatment and judge the prognosis. In general, it is unnecessary to conduct biopsy again if they have done it before, and there is no need to do biopsy if patients already know what causes damage on kidney function. Although correct diagnosis is important, unnecessary kidney biopsy may also result in further kidney damage.

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