Renal (kidney) biopsies are used to further evaluate a diagnosis of kidney disease. During a renal biopsy, the doctor removes a portion of tissue or cells from the kidney for closer examination. The procedure takes about an hour.
Your child may need to undergo a kidney biopsy to find the reason for the following conditions:
Your child’s doctor may also recommend a renal biopsy to:
A kidney biopsy is an important procedure that can be used to evaluate kidney function and determine the best course of treatment for your child.
Your child will be hospitalized overnight for the procedure. Before the procedure, your child's nephrologist will discuss the risks with you in detail and inform you of any preoperative procedures—such as if your child can eat or drink before the biopsy. Be sure the doctor answers all of your questions about the biopsy during this discussion. You should also tell the doctor about any current medicines your child is taking or drug allergies.
You can expect the following during a renal biopsy:
Here is what you can expect following the procedure:
Please contact your child’s nephrologist immediately if he or she
experiences any of the following symptoms after the renal biopsy
These symptoms may mean your child has developed a complication from
the procedure. The nephrologist will review the potential complications
from the procedure with you before the biopsy.
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