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By Vanessa Moreno, MD

May 07, 2020

Bleeding Complication After Kidney Biopsy



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.


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