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Real-time ultrasound guided renal biopsy in diffuse renal disease: 114 consecutive cases.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical endoscopy
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
1
Pages
42–45
Identifiers
PMID: 2652353
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

The usefulness of real-time ultrasonography as a guidance method in performing percutaneous renal biopsy is evaluated on the basis of a series of 114 patients with diffuse nephropathies. Sufficient renal tissue for light microscopy was obtained in 102 patients (89.5%) and enough for electron microscopy in 93 patients (81.6%) and for fluorescence microscopy in 91 patients (79.8%). A final histological diagnosis was possible in 106 patients (93%). The high diagnostic rate, the reduction in the contraindications to the procedure, the lack of major postbiopsy complications, and the cost effectiveness probably make realtime ultrasound scanning the method of choice when performing renal biopsy in patients with diffuse nephropathies.

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