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December 24, 1973

Percutaneous Biopsy of the Transplanted Kidney

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Nephrology, Veterans Administration West Side Hospital (Dr. Pillay); the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine (Drs. Pillay and Kurtzman); and the University of Illinois College of Basic Medical Sciences, Chicago (Dr. Kurtzman).

JAMA. 1973;226(13):1561-1562. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230130049017

One hundred forty percutaneous renal biopsies were done on the transplanted kidneys of 45 patients under television-monitored fluoroscopy. Insufficient tissue was obtained on six occasions; rebiopsy was successful in all instances. Thirteen patients developed macroscopic hematuria postbiopsy, but none required transfusion or nephrectomy. This procedure is safe and associated with a high yield. Open renal biopsy was performed on 20 patients. Macroscopic hematuria occurred in five patients, wound hematoma in two, and wound infection in three; thus, the incidence of complications was much higher following open biopsy.