An improved method for renal allograft biopsy

Nagar, Deepak; Wathen, Ronald L.
October 1979
Kidney International;Oct1979, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p519
Academic Journal
A safe technique for the performance of percutaneous biopsy of the renal allograft has been described, with a review of the literature concerning this procedure. This procedure as described involves the use of metal clips, surgically attached to the allograft at transplantation, and fluoroscopy to identify the lateral clip. With this clip as a landmark, the biopsy is taken at a point 0.5 cm medial to the lateral clip. The simplicity and high yield of the described procedure make it unnecessary to perform blind biopsies. Similarly, the utility of this procedure makes it unnecessary to perform an open surgical biopsy under any circumstance as long as the allograft is implanted extraperitoneally.


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