Kidney biopsy using image guidance

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Learn what a kidney biopsy is and why it is done. Also find information about what will happen to your child before, during, and after the procedure.

Key points

  • A kidney biopsy is a procedure where an interventional radiologist takes a tiny piece of kidney tissue through a special needle, using ultrasound guidance, to be examined under a microscope.
  • Kidney biopsies are usually considered low-risk procedures.
  • If you see bright red bleeding in your child's urine, call your child's health-care provider right away.
  • If you live more than one hour away from the hospital, you will need to stay nearby overnight.
Last updated: March 12th 2024