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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Can Children Do Renal Biopsy

2015-03-14 08:05

Can Children Do Renal BiopsyStrictly speaking, there is no age limit for renal biopsy. Yet, it does not mean that every kidney disease patients can do that, since it has some strict condition. Therefore, whether children is suitable for renal biopsy depends on his or her own condition.

The function of renal biopsy

Most often, a doctor performs a kidney biopsy by inserting a thin needle through the skin — a procedure known as percutaneous kidney biopsy. An imaging device helps the doctor guide the needle into the kidney to remove tissue.

It is always used to diagnose the types of kidney disease, such as minimal change, minor lesion, mild mesangial proliferation, membranous nephropathy, MPGN (membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis) and FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis), etc.

Benefits and pitfalls

Renal biopsy can give the doctor give patients more acute and proper treatment. Without this test, the above kidney diseases will be uniformly diagnosed with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).

However, this test method has its risks, such as:

-Bleeding from the kidney (in rare cases, may require a blood transfusion)

-Bleeding into the muscle, which might cause soreness


And renal biopsy is not allowed for people who have high blood pressure, one kidney or kidney shrinkage.

Is renal biopsy a necessary?

The fact is that there are many other test methods that can replace renal biopsy in our hospital. These top-class tests can tell the doctor which type of epithelial cells are damaged, where the damage is and the severity of lesion.

What medicines are natural for children?

Over-the-counter medicines may be helpful for relieving some symptoms but cannot solve the underlying problem, since they cannot repair the damaged renal tissues. Yet, Chinese herbs are natural and our nephrologist can provide your child proper treatment according to his or her own illness condition. Any questions, please leave a message below or consult our doctors online directly.

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