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    Points to remember: Kidney Biopsy

    Kidney Diseases By Editorial Team , National Institute of Health / Jan 15, 2013
    Points to remember: Kidney Biopsy

    Before the kidney biopsy, patients should talk with their doctors to make sure they understand the need for a biopsy.

    A biopsy is a diagnostic test that involves collecting small pieces of tissue, usually through a needle, for examination with a microscope.

    • A kidney biopsy can help in forming a diagnosis and in choosing the best course of treatment.
    • Before the kidney biopsy, patients should
    • talk with their doctors to make sure they understand the need for a biopsy
    • sign a consent form
    • tell their doctors about any allergies they have and medicines they take
    • follow their doctors’ orders for food restrictions
    • After the kidney biopsy, patients should
      • lie on their backs—or stomachs if they have a transplanted kid-ney—for a few hours
      • report any problems, such as
        • bloody urine more than 24 hours after the test
        • inability to urinate
        • fever
        • worsening pain
        • faintness or dizziness

     

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