When is a renal biopsy indicated in the workup for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children?

Updated: Jul 21, 2020
  • Author: Sanjeev Gulati, MD, MBBS, DNB(Peds), DM, DNB(Neph), FIPN(Australia), FICN, FRCPC(Canada); Chief Editor: Craig B Langman, MD  more...
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A renal biopsy is commonly performed in patients with suspected glomerulonephritis or vasculitis and in those with otherwise unexplained chronic kidney disease (CKD) or acute kidney failure. If a child has small shrunken kidneys, a kidney biopsy is often unnecessary to establish a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.


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