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Kidney Biopsy

Kidney Biopsy in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore

What is a Kidney Biopsy?

A kidney biopsy, also known as a renal biopsy, is a technique where a small portion of kidney tissue is taken and studied under a microscope with several stains to determine the underlying condition that is compromising the kidney function. The kidney biopsy process is generally risk-free and can offer important details about the fundamental kidney disease and aid in treatment.

When is Kidney Biopsy Needed?

In those with kidney diseases, a kidney biopsy is advised. A kidney biopsy may be recommended by a nephrologist based on the findings of blood and urine testing. The following are the most typical justifications for kidney biopsies. A patient may have more than one cause at play. Kidney Biopsy in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore is available at Manipal Hospitals, visit today.

  • Urine with blood in it (called haematuria)

  • Urine contains protein (called proteinuria)

  • Functioning of the renal parts of the body

Health Benefits of  Kidney Biopsy

  • Determining a kidney condition that cannot be determined in any other method

  • Aids in creating a treatment plan

  • The degree of renal injury is assessed

  • Can provide information on the efficacy of the treatment

  • Can determine if a treatment will be effective based on the level of harm already sustained.

Preparation for a Kidney Biopsy

Following examinations are made to avoid bleeding issues if a kidney biopsy is indicated.

  • Adequate blood pressure management in hypertensive individuals, ideally below 140/90mmHg

  • Blood tests are performed to determine the patient's haemoglobin and clotting capability levels.

  • To check and confirm whether there is no infection taking place, urine tests are conducted.

  • The size and position of the kidneys are evaluated using ultrasound to see whether they are in a normal position.

  • If the patient is using blood thinners such as aspirin etc., their prescriptions are examined.

  • Seven days before the surgery, blood thinners such as aspirin and clopidogrel are stopped.

Process for Kidney Biopsy

  1. The patient will be awake and will be lying on his stomach with his back to the ceiling during the procedure. Patients who have undergone a renal transplant undergo a biopsy while lying on their backs. The steps in the kidney biopsy process are as follows,

  • The size and location of the kidneys are first determined using an ultrasound machine probe, and then a location is chosen to place the kidney biopsy needle. 

  • Antiseptic is used to clean the skin on the back where the point of entry is noted.

  • To numb the area, a local anaesthetic drug is injected using a syringe and needle at the point of entrance.

  • A biopsy needle is inserted with the help of an ultrasound device as a guide, and a kidney sample is obtained.

  • When the patient is instructed to hold their breath while the sample is being taken, they may feel apt pressure or a popping sound.

  • To obtain a sufficient sample, the biopsy needle may be inserted several times.

  • After the procedure is finished, the biopsy site is bandaged.

Post Procedure Care

After the biopsy, the patient is kept in the hospital overnight to watch for problems. The patient is placed on his back and the biopsy site is squeezed right away. For six hours, their blood pressure and pulse rate are checked every half an hour.  Although full bed rest is advised overnight, the patient can move around in bed after six hours. Their blood pressure and pulse are tested the following morning, and if there are no complications (such as blood in the urine), the patient is released. Book an appointment at our multi-specialty hospital today.

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