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Percutaneous Kidney Biopsy


A percutaneous kidney biopsy is a procedure to remove a small sample of kidney tissue. It may be done to drain an abscess (pocket of pus). It may also be done to check for kidney disease or cancer.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have severe pain in your abdomen or where your procedure was done.
  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You urinate small amounts or not at all.

Call your doctor or nephrologist if:

  • You feel weak or dizzy.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

For more information:

  • National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
    3 Information Way
    Bethesda , MD 20892-3580
    Phone: 1- 800 - 891-5390
    Web Address:

Follow up with your doctor or nephrologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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