What is the most common complication of renal biopsy, and how is that risk mitigated?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The most common complication of this procedure is bleeding, which can be life-threatening in a minority of cases. Surgical open renal biopsy can be considered when the risk of renal bleeding is felt to be great, occasionally with solitary kidneys, or when percutaneous biopsy is technically difficult to perform.


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