Before the kidney biopsy, patients should talk with their doctors to make sure they understand the need for a biopsy.
A biopsy is a diagnostic test that involves collecting small pieces of tissue, usually through a needle, for examination with a microscope.
- A kidney biopsy can help in forming a diagnosis and in choosing the best course of treatment.
- Before the kidney biopsy, patients should
- talk with their doctors to make sure they understand the need for a biopsy
- sign a consent form
- tell their doctors about any allergies they have and medicines they take
- follow their doctors’ orders for food restrictions
- After the kidney biopsy, patients should
- lie on their backs—or stomachs if they have a transplanted kid-ney—for a few hours
- report any problems, such as
- bloody urine more than 24 hours after the test
- inability to urinate
- worsening pain
- faintness or dizziness
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