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Renal Biopsy

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Renal Biopsy Procedure

A renal biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of kidney (also called renal) tissue is obtained. Microscopic examination of the tissue can provide information needed to diagnose, monitor or treat a renal disorder.

Testing may be done before the biopsy to ensure that there is no evidence of infection or a blood clotting abnormality. The biopsy is usually performed while the patient is awake, after receiving an injection of local anesthesia (numbing medicine) to minimize pain.

To decrease the risk of bleeding, patients are usually advised to avoid medicines that increase the risk of bleeding (such as aspirin or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen)) for one to two weeks before the biopsy. If the patient takes warfarin or heparin (drugs that impair clotting and increase the risk of bleeding), the physician will give specific instructions about the dose and time to take these medications before surgery.

In most cases, an ultrasound is done to guide the physician inserting the needle. Less commonly, computed tomography (CT scan) guidance is used. The needle is inserted through the skin in the back and into the kidney. Once the needle is in contact with the kidney, a sample of renal tissue is withdrawn.

In some patients, a different approach may be used to perform the biopsy. In this case, the patient is sedated and a small skin incision is made to obtain the sample of kidney tissue; this procedure is called open renal biopsy.

Following the biopsy, the patient is kept in the post-operative recovery unit for several hours to monitor for potential complications, including pain and bleeding

Risks of Renal Biopsy Procedures

The most common risks of a Renal Biopsy procedure are:

  • Injury to adjacent organs
  • Infection
  • Hypotension
  • Bleeding from the kidney
  • Intestinal perforation

Contact a Michigan Renal Biopsy Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you suspect that you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice from a renal biopsy procedure, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.

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