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Percutaneous Kidney Biopsy


  • A percutaneous kidney biopsy is also called a percutaneous renal biopsy. This is a procedure to remove a small piece of your kidney tissue for testing. You may need this procedure if you have a mass (lump) in your kidney. It can be used to check for cancer or to drain an abscess (pocket of pus). This procedure can help caregivers check for kidney disease and how damaged your kidney is. You may also need this procedure if you have blood in your urine.
  • After a kidney transplant, a biopsy may be needed to check the health of your new kidney. Having this procedure may help you and your caregiver learn about your illness. A percutaneous kidney biopsy may also help your caregiver decide on the best treatment for you.


Take your medicine as directed:

Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:

For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.

Wound care:

Follow your caregiver's instructions on how to care for the area your biopsy was done.


  • You feel weak or dizzy.
  • You have a fever (high body temperature).
  • You have blood in your urine.


  • You are only urinating small amounts or not at all.
  • You have very bad pain in your abdomen or where your procedure was done.
  • You suddenly have chest pain or trouble breathing.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Further information

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