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March 1978

Ultrasonic Guidance for Renal Biopsy

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Mailloux, Mossey, and Bluestone), Pediatrics (Dr McVicar), and Radiology (Dr Goldberg), North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, and Medicine, Pediatrics, and Radiology, Cornell University Medical College, New York.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(3):NP-NP. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630270068022

B-mode ultrasonic guidance was used to perform 76 percutaneous renal biopsies. Renal tissue was obtained from 73 (96.1%) subjects with adequate tissue for interpretation or diagnosis in 72 instances. Major bleeding complications occurred in four (5.3%) patients. Ultrasound has proved to be a safe and effective means of guiding physicians performing renal biopsies. In addition, it has many advantages over other techniques.

(Arch Intern Med 138:438, 1978)