October 1980

Computerized Tomographic Assessment of Retroperitoneal Hemorrhage After Percutaneous Renal Biopsy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology (Dr Alter) and the Nephrology Section, Department of Medicine (Drs Zimmerman and Kirachaiwanich), University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(10):1323-1326. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330210071026

• Computerized tomography demonstrated evidence of retroperitoneal hemorrhage in more than one half (12) of 21 patients who had had renal biopsies. This frequency is much greater than that generally reported and reflects a lack of sensitivity of the routinely followed clinical practices in detecting retroperitoneal hemorrhage. Computerized tomography offers a sensitive, non-invasive method of detecting and evaluating size and site of retroperitoneal hemorrhage.

(Arch Intern Med 140:1323-1326, 1980)