It is a diagnostic procedure that involves the removal of a small tissue sample from the kidney for microscopic examination. This procedure is performed at the Nephrology Department of Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad. Here's a brief overview:
- Procedure: Kidney biopsy is usually performed using a needle guided by ultrasound or CT scan to obtain a small sample of kidney tissue for examination. The tissue is then analyzed under a microscope by a pathologist to determine the cause of kidney disease and guide appropriate treatment.
- Indications: Kidney biopsy is indicated in cases where the cause of kidney disease is not clear from other diagnostic tests. It is commonly performed in patients with unexplained hematuria (blood in urine), proteinuria (protein in urine), decreased kidney function, suspected glomerulonephritis, or other kidney disorders.
- Risks: Kidney biopsy, like any invasive procedure, carries some risks. These may include bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding organs or blood vessels, and allergic reactions to the local anesthetic or contrast dye used during the procedure. However, the risks are generally low and can be minimized with careful patient selection, skilled performance of the procedure, and close monitoring during and after the biopsy.
- Recovery: Recovery after kidney biopsy depends on the individual patient and the specific circumstances of the procedure. Most patients are observed for several hours after the biopsy to monitor for any complications. Rest, hydration, and avoiding strenuous activities are typically recommended for a few days after the procedure. Results of the biopsy are usually available within a few days to a week.
The Nephrology Department at Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad has experienced nephrologists who are skilled in performing kidney biopsies and interpreting the results. The department uses state-of-the-art imaging and biopsy techniques to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients with kidney diseases.