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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Biopsy (Definition)

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


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How painful is a kidney biopsy?

How painful is a 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

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What is the definition or description of: kidney biopsy?

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

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What's restrictions on a kidney biopsy?

Limit bleeding: To hold blood thinners like aspirin, Plavix Coumadin before the procedure, close vital sign monitoring and strict bed rest for few hours after the procedure. Always strictly follow the instructions from the doctor performing procedure. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Complex issue: 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

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I had kidney biopsy in 2006. Barely saw results. Final diag says: "inadequate (very limited amount of cortex & glomeruli)..What does this mean? Help?

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

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How long will a hematoma from a kidney biopsy take to resolve? Two weeks and still in some pain.

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

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What are the dangers of a spleen removal and kidney biopsy?

What are the dangers of a spleen removal and kidney biopsy?

Bleeding, infections: Splenectomy associated with more common infections (although still not considered immunocompromised) biopsy can cause bleeding and sometimes significant enough to need nephrectomy. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

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


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Kidney Biopsy (Definition)

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 ...Read more