If you have been experiencing symptoms such as blood in your urine, proteinuria, or unexplained kidney dysfunction, your doctor may recommend a kidney biopsy. A kidney biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a small sample of kidney tissue to examine under a microscope. This can help diagnose the cause of your kidney problems and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. In this blog, we will discuss ultrasound-guided native kidney biopsy, which is a minimally invasive technique used to perform kidney biopsies.
What is an Ultrasound-Guided Native Kidney Biopsy?
An ultrasound-guided native kidney biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the kidney through the skin under the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The ultrasound allows the doctor to see the kidney and surrounding tissues in real-time, ensuring that the needle is inserted into the correct location. Once the needle is in place, a small sample of kidney tissue is removed and sent to a lab for analysis.
Why is a Kidney Biopsy Indicated?
A kidney biopsy may be indicated if you are experiencing symptoms such as:
- Blood in your urine
- Proteinuria (excessive protein in your urine)
- Unexplained kidney dysfunction
- Unexplained high blood pressure
- Unexplained swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet
- Unexplained anemia
- Suspected kidney infection or inflammation
A kidney biopsy can help diagnose a variety of conditions, including:
- Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney’s glomeruli)
- Nephrotic syndrome (a group of symptoms that indicate kidney damage)
- Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (scarring of the kidney’s filtering units)
- Lupus nephritis (kidney inflammation caused by systemic lupus erythematosus)
- IgA nephropathy (a kidney disease caused by deposits of the protein IgA)
What are the Risks of a Kidney Biopsy?
Like any medical procedure, a kidney biopsy carries some risks. The most common risks include:
Bleeding: A kidney biopsy can cause bleeding in the kidney or surrounding tissues. In most cases, this bleeding is minor and resolves on its own. In rare cases, however, bleeding can be more severe and may require medical intervention.
Pain: You may experience pain or discomfort in your back or side after the biopsy. This usually resolves within a few days.
Infection: There is a small risk of infection at the biopsy site. Your doctor will take steps to minimize this risk, such as cleaning the skin thoroughly before the procedure.
Damage to surrounding tissues: In rare cases, the biopsy needle may cause damage to nearby organs or tissues.
How to Reduce the Risks of a Kidney Biopsy?
Your doctor will take steps to minimize the risks of a kidney biopsy. These may include:
Performing a blood test to check your clotting ability before the biopsy. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, your doctor may adjust your medication regimen before the biopsy.
Cleaning the skin thoroughly before the biopsy to minimize the risk of infection.
Using ultrasound guidance to ensure that the needle is inserted into the correct location.
Monitoring your vital signs, such as your blood pressure and heart rate, during and after the biopsy.
Providing post-procedure care instructions to minimize the risk of bleeding or infection.
Ultrasound-Guided Native Kidney Biopsy – A Safe and Effective Procedure
At Alfa Kidney Care, we offer ultrasound-guided native kidney biopsy as a safe and effective procedure for diagnosing kidney conditions. Our skilled nephrologists use advanced imaging technology to precisely guide the biopsy needle, minimizing the risk of complications. With our expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, you can trust us to provide accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience the highest standard of kidney care.