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- Published: May 7, 2020
- By: Vanessa Moreno, MD
ANSWER: A Bleeding is the most common and clinically relevant complication after a kidney biopsy. Studies from 1970s and 1980s have shown radiologic (CT) evidence of bleeding in 57%-91% of patients, depending on the use of older scanners, biopsy techniques, and needles. References: Hogan JJ, Mocanu M and Berns JS. The Native Kidney Biopsy: Update and Evidence for Best Practice. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 11: 354-362, 2016. Ralls PW, Barakos JA, Kaptein EM, Friedman PE, et al. Renal biopsy-related hemorrhage: Frequency and comparison of CT and sonography. J Comput Assist tomog 11: 1031-1034, 1987. Alter AJ, Zimmerman S,...