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Is a biopsy necessary for IgA nephropathy?
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: IgA Nephropathy
Urine and blood tests can be done but the only way for your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of IgA nephropathy is with a kidney biopsy.

In brief: IgA Nephropathy
Urine and blood tests can be done but the only way for your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of IgA nephropathy is with a kidney biopsy.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
You cannot diagnose IgA nephropathy with certainty without a biopsy.
A doctor could make a provisional diagnosis, however. Since you cannot treat IgA nephropathy effectively you may wonder what's the point to do a biopsy anyway. Usually the use of the biopsy is to rule out more treatable disease and by knowing what you have you kind of know what to expectm (prognosis).

In brief: Yes
You cannot diagnose IgA nephropathy with certainty without a biopsy.
A doctor could make a provisional diagnosis, however. Since you cannot treat IgA nephropathy effectively you may wonder what's the point to do a biopsy anyway. Usually the use of the biopsy is to rule out more treatable disease and by knowing what you have you kind of know what to expectm (prognosis).
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine
In brief: IgA NEPH
To diagnose it - yes - once biopsied, then repeat biopsy is not necessary - the nephrologist can follow disease progress with urine and blood tests.

In brief: IgA NEPH
To diagnose it - yes - once biopsied, then repeat biopsy is not necessary - the nephrologist can follow disease progress with urine and blood tests.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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