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Alternatives To Kidney Biopsy
Depends: Kidney biopsies are done under local anesthesia (unless you are a pediatric patient) and either an ultrasound or CT scan is used to select a good location. Many physicians will inject 5-15ml of 1% lidocaine into the skin/muscle/soft tissues. You will still feel some pressure but should not have sharp pain during the biopsy. ...Read more
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
Kidney needle: A kidney biopsy is performed to determine the cause of kidney disease. It is performed by inserting a biopsy needle, usually with ultrasound guidance, into the lower pole of one kidney, pencil lead wide pieces about one inch long are submitted for pathologic reivew. ...Read more
I have questions about kidney biopsy procedure... how does it work and what will it tell the doctors? I'm having one tomorrow and I have questions.
It is difficult to address the issue in the limited space available for answers. You may consult the site listed below for basic information and if you still have questions, it is appropriate to ask your doctor.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003907.htm ...Read more
Kidney Biopsy: I've seen this kind of pain last up to 6 weeks but that was in someone who had some really bad bleeding afterwards. I would say the normal amount of time to have some pain is 2 weeks. What is critical is this — is the pain slowly resolving? If so, you are recovering. The actual blood that has been lost will reabsorb over about a 2-3 weeks. ...Read more
I had kidney biopsy in 2006. Barely saw results. Final diag says: "inadequate (very limited amount of cortex & glomeruli). What does this mean? Help?
Not enough tissue: It means there wasn't enough tissue for the pathologist to make any reasonable diagnosis. Unfortunately, also means that if you really need some answers, they would have to repeat the biopsy. ...Read more
Splenectomy: Can predispose you to future infections with encapsulated organisms and elevated platelet count that can lead to blood clots. Kidney biopsy if done by and interventional radiologist is generally very safe, if coagulation parameters are normal. Both answers are general answers and it may not apply to your specific situation, so ask your doctor for detailed answer. ...Read more
Kidney biopsy?: I would go to a nephrologist for an evaluation of why your creatinine (c) is 2. . You should have a 24-hour urine collection for c clearance and protein. If you have more than 500 mg of protein/24 hours in your collection, more blood work will be needed to see what the problem is. If it does not, a kidney biopsy will be needed to get a diagnosis and prognosis. Your uric acid level is normal. ...Read more
I had a kidney biopsy 4 days ago. The area is red and itchy. Is that normal? How soon can I start cycling and paddle boarding?
SOmetimes: The area of redness could be from the dressing, or it could be normal. You can go paddle boarding as soon as you feel up to it. But check with your doctor. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with FSGS, per kidney biopsy in 2006. My Albumin & A/G ratio are low. I'm only on Losartin. Creatinine 1.3 Should I be concerned??
My husband had a kidney biopsy on Monday and he is still sore and tired at night. Is this normal after this type of procedure?
Need more info...: What are his current renal function and general health state and drug use? Was renal biopsy done under IV sedation or other anesthesia? An uneventful renal biopsy (without major bleeding which is rare) alone should not leave such lingering effect but the factors mentioned above may induce variable lingering effects. How long can it be? It widely varies. So, watch, wait, and see for now; but still. ...Read more
Hello I went for a kidney biopsy a week ago & I am still experiencing pain especially when coughing,sneezing,yawning,etc should I be concerned?
Kidney biopsy: You need to think whether or not the pain is better or worse relative to right soon after your biopsy. If it is better, then you shouldn't worry too much. If worse, then you better go see the doctor who did the biopsy. If still concerned, then go see him anyhow. ...Read more
I had a kidney biopsy 5 days ago. It's still pretty sore and hurts when I breathe. Is that normal?
Yes: Pain can last for seven days. If it isn't getting better recheck with your doctor. ...Read more
9 yr old daughter had a kidney biopsy 6 days ago. No pain till today. Holding site of biopsy and in pain. Fever now 101. Dr. Said not to worry?
Gfr dropped from 32 to as low as 16 over a six-month period; back now to 32. Kidney biopsy could not determine etiology. No known infections.?
Need to know more: In order to answer such a complex question, we would need to know more about your medical history (do you have diabetes, hypertension, have you been tested for lupus or other autoimmune disease, do you take or have you ever taken drugs including Aspirin or ibuprofen... Etc.). ...Read more
Had kidney biopsy in 2006. Didn't answer the few calls they made 2 me 2 go see results due to lack of $. Yrs later, called & they don't have my file. If they only clld a few times, cud it mean I'm okay?
Hard to answer: Only the concerned physician in charge can answer that. ...Read more
My mother age 48 urine report: albumin +ve, epithelial cell 1-2/hpf, plus cell:1-2/hpf, rbc:10-12/hpf, ph-6........ Is condition for kidney biopsy test?
Not cessarily: The urinalysis should be repeated first, if microscopic hematuria(blood in urine) persist, a sonogram or cat scan may be needed to for further evaluation, kidney stone can cause blood in urine, may need to a see a urologist for further evaluation if urinalysis remain abnormal. ...Read more
I have gross hematuria in my urine again, is it from my nephritis again? I was diagnosed with systemic lupus over 2 years ago, when I was diagnosed i also had gross hematuria and had a cystoscopy and a kidney biopsy only finding out that I had lupus nephr
Possibly: While it may indicate a flare in the nephritis several other issues can cause it including a simple uti. See your nephrologist. ...Read more
Kidney biopsy shows the reason for kidney failure is multiple myeloma. No bone damage, hemo. More than 12. Will kimo therapy help to recover fully?
Seek opinion from a: This is a unusual way to make a diagnosis of multiple myeloma(mm). Typically, we need to do a bone marrow biopsy and look for cancer cells in the marrow. These cells produce abnormal proteins(m protein) which will show up either in the blood(commonly) or in the urine. We use a test called protein electrophoresis. If these tests have not been done, seek a second opinion. Chemo will help to control mm. ...Read more
My dad has proteinuria condition. Creatinine level 1.57 & uric acid 6.7. 24 hour protein shows 1869mg. Doctor suggested kidney biopsy. Any suggestions?
Yes: In the absence of an explanation, follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more
Hi I had a kidney biopsy and was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease on the CT scan they found what appeared to be a non obstructive kidney stone but they are not a hundred percent sure that is what it it could this be something elsethey said that possib
2 separate problems: Your biopsy shows that the renal (kidney) tissue, that which makes urine, is itself abnormal. The kidney stone is probably unrelated to the renal disease but could cause problems in the future if it moves and blocks the kidney. Be sure to tell your doctor about this if you develop pain in the future. ...Read more
Please help me, my heart cath, lung x-ray, thyroid, liver test & kidney biopsy are all normal but i still have severe edema in my whole body. Why? Why me?
Seek rare causes: Causes of generalized edema that may be missed on first screen include conn's (rarely causes edema), allergy to a rx (some antihypertensives, nsaids), early diabetes (leaky vessels) or scleroderma, esterase deficiency (unusual), mastocytosis, or even poorly-understood effects from diuretics. A nephrology consult in particular may help. Be brave and we'll figure this out. ...Read more
Thank you for answer I am 63yr old having bad stomach and back pain also a breast cancer survivor of 7yrs sister has had kidney biopsy not cancerous?
Sorry but there-: -is no question here. It is a statement only. No response can be given. ...Read more
My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy?
Confusing question: Although some strep strains can cause kidney problems, early treatment usually avoids them. If the kid has a pre-existing kidney problem, the need for a biopsy is best determined by the docs who know him best. A recent strep infection would not require such an invasive procedure, but a significant change in kidney function might. ...Read more
Ok, heart cath, kidney biopsy, thyroid test, liver test, chest X-ray and hormone tests all came back normal. I still have severe pitting edema, why? Help
Hours to few days: It is the pain of the site of the needle entry through the muscles of the back. It should go away relatively fast. However, if lasts longer than this you need to check with your doctor. Unusually some people have longer term local pain attributed to a rare event of possible nerve fibre injury from the needle track. ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more