Kidney biopsy advice

I am 23 years old and have been suffering with high blood pressure since having my daughters. Recently i have been sent for a ultrasound which shown my right kidney is scarred. I have been referred to a nephrologist which have said my kidneys are functioning at 40%. I have been given different bp medication and told to go back in 2 weeks to see if there is any improvement if not will need a kidney biopsy. I was told to sign a consent form for biopsy at my first appointment with nephrologist. I am really worried about the biopsy as nothing ends up being straight-forward with anything i ever had done. Is it wise to refuse the biopsy or is there any other treatment? Thankyou in advance.

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  • I would welcome a biopsy so that I could receive appropriate treatment.

  • Hi Paige

    A biopsy unfortunately is the best way to get a clear diagnosis . It is an uncomfortable , but fairly straightforward procedure. It's a while since I last had one, but I imagine things haven't changed much.

    You will be awake, on your front. a large amount of lignocaine will be injected into one area of skin above a kidney. A long needle which you won't see, will be inserted. You will feel a sensation like a staple gun as samples of tissue are taken . After, you have to lie flat on bed rest for several hours to prevent any bleeding from the kidney. That's it really. I know what you mean about things never being straightforward , I have a similar record!

    Good luck. x

  • Hi Paige, my name is Rylee and im 14 years old. i dont know if this will help you but i was diagnosed with stage 4 lupus nephritis ive had 2 kidney biopsys this last year and it is a pretty straight forward procedure. i always get put asleep for my biopsy as im 14 but if you are older you stay awake for it but you are put under a local. after the biopsy you will need to stay lying on your back for 6 hours and during the time you will have to pee into a container so they can test it to make sure that there is no blood in the urine. after the 6 hours is up and if you are all clear not bleeding then you will be able to go home and rest. but you cannot do any sort of heavy lifting if sports for 2 weeks.

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