Hypertension and nephrology

[Association between complications of percutaneous kidney biopsy and histological diagnosis ]

FISI Viktória1, MAZÁK István1, DEGRELL Péter1, HALMAI Richárd1, MOLNÁR Gergő A.1, FEHÉR Eszter2, NÉMETH Kinga2, PINTÉR István3, KOVÁCS Tibor1, WITTMANN István1

DECEMBER 20, 2011

Hypertension and nephrology - 2011;15(05)

[Background: Percutaneous renal biopsy is an essential tool in diagnosis and prognosis of renal diseases. It is well-known that this method has potential complications. The connection between complication occurrence related to renal biopsies and histological diagnoses of the biopsy specimen was analyzed in the present study. We also analyzed the distribution of diagnoses in our population. Methods: In this retrospective survey, 353 patients undergoing renal biopsy was studied. Biopsies were performed after marking the site of puncture with ultrasound imaging. Influence of diagnoses and clinical parameters on complications was evaluated. Results: We found a complication rate of 44.5%. In patients with diabetic nephropathy (likelihood ratio (LR) 0.44) or acute tubular necrosis (LR 0.38) a significantly lower rate of complications was found, while patients with thin basement membrane syndrome had more than 6-fold higher risk for evolvement of intrarenal haemorrhage. Patients with acute interstitial nephritis (LR 3.18) or vasculitis (LR 2.88) have a more than 2-fold risk for arteriovenous shunts while in patients with severe arteriosclerosis the occurrence of this complication was lower (LR 0.46). In rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, arteriovenous shunts evolved also in a significantly higher rate. Conclusion: Patients with vasculitis, rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, thin basement membrane syndrome or acute interstitial nephritis should be monitored more carefully after renal biopsy due to the significantly higher risk for complications. ]


  1. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, II. Sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika és Nephrológiai Centrum, Pécs
  2. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Radiológiai Klinika, Pécs
  3. Siklósi Kórház, Diabetológiai Szakrendelés



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