A biopsy is a small sample of tissue taken from any area of the body so it can be examined under a microscope. A sample of kidney tissue may be taken using an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a bright light and camera). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the kidney biopsy procedure and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH to have one.
What happens before a kidney biopsy?
What does the biopsy involve?
Are there any risks involved?
- Your child has obvious blood or clots in their urine (wee).
- The biopsy site is very painful – for example, normal pain relief is not helping and your child is unable to play, get up or walk in the days after discharge.
- There is any oozing or bleeding from the biopsy site
- Your child develops a fever
When will I get the results?
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.