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Kidney biopsy: Who would need it and why

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 4:55 AM

A renal kidney biopsy is a medical procedure that requires extracting a small piece of kidney tissue for examination under a microscope. It’s usually a pathologist; a clinician specializing in diagnosing diseases—who examines the sample kidney tissue in a laboratory. From the diseased tissue, the pathologist can find out signs of a potential kidney disease or infection. If the patient has undergone a kidney transplant recently, doctors will perform a biopsy to figure out if the operation is successful, and if not- look into the reasons behind the failure of the procedure. The kidney tissue collected from the patient can show scarring, signs of infection, inflammation or unusual deposits of immunoglobulin. If a patient has chronic kidney disease or any other condition that leads to decreased kidney function over a given period of time—a renal kidney biopsy will reflect the pace at which the disease is progressing.


Supported by a team of top renal and transplant pathologists in Bangalore, NU uses two main ways of performing a renal kidney biopsy. The first one is called the percutaneous procedure where using ultrasound, a needle is used to collect kidney tissue. The second option is an open biopsy where, just like general surgeries- the skin is cut open to extract tissues from the diseased kidney. Besides providing some of the best kidney transplants in India, NU Hospitals also offer optimal post-operative care where the success of the transplant is monitored through kidney biopsies and other cutting-edge procedures. The team at NU has some of the best kidney transplant doctors in Bangalore who come with years of advanced medical practice.

Recovering from a renal kidney biopsy could depend on a number of factors. Having some of the most well experienced renal and transplant pathologists in Bangalore, NU offers the best kidney biopsies in the city. According to your physical fitness, immunity, and medical history, your doctor will recommend either an open biopsy or a percutaneous one. The open biopsy is generally offered to patients who have had problems with bleeding or blood clotting in the past, or those who have only one active kidney. Patients are usually provided with a general anesthesia when they’re having an open biopsy. Post-biopsy, it’s normal to have some amount of blood in your urine and mild belly pain for up to 24 hours after the procedure. You should report to your physician straightaway if the condition persists for more than three days. The patient is allowed to resume their normal diet and usual daily activities within a week of the biopsy. The team at NU is backed by some of the best kidney transplant doctors in Bangalore who will provide you the most hassle-free, high-end biopsies at economical rates.

Categories: Kidney Transplant, Nephrology, Treatment & Surgery

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