(Biopsy, Kidney; Renal Biopsy; Biopsy, Renal)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Blood in the urine
- High levels of protein in the urine
- Low kidney function
- A growth on the kidney
- Kidney infection
- A cyst on the kidney
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Before the biopsy, your doctor may order urine tests, blood tests, and
of your kidneys.
- You should ask your doctor when you can expect to know the biopsy results.
- Arrange for a ride home after your biopsy.
- Your doctor may ask you to fast or eat lightly before your biopsy.
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to 1 week before the procedure.
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Do not lift or exercise until your doctor says it is okay.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions .
Call Your Doctor
- Bloody urine 24 hours after biopsy or a lot of blood in the urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Pain that is worse at biopsy site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications that you have been given
- A constant urge to urinate
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Redness or drainage at biopsy site
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -