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Use of renal biopsy in the elderly.
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PMID:  21113798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Renal biopsy is an essential tool in the management of kidney disease. A biopsy provides a diagnosis, guides therapy and aids in prognosis, and this is true for persons of all ages. For a variety of reasons, nephrologists are sometimes hesitant to perform a biopsy in an older person. There is the major issue of a lack of perceived benefit that the biopsy will not show a treatable lesion and that therapy may not be possible in an older person. Additionally, concerns of safety may also influence the decision to biopsy. In this review, we will address these issues in the context of clinical renal syndromes and common kidney diseases in the elderly and weigh the benefit of biopsy in various situations. In general, the indications are the same as in the adult population, as is the risk associated with the biopsy procedure. Therapy, as for adults, is often successful, although further assessment of risk-benefit ratio is necessary. Age, by itself, is not a contraindication to biopsy.
Nasreen Mohamed; Rohan John
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-11-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  International urology and nephrology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2584     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Urol Nephrol     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0262521     Medline TA:  Int Urol Nephrol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pathology, University Health Network, 200 Elizabeth St., 11 Eaton, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4, Canada.
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