Q: In otherwise routine cases, which part of the kidney is usually targeted for biopsy?
Answer: Lower pole
Kidney Biopsy is usually performed with patient in prone position with pillow underneath, and under ultrasound. The lower pole is targeted as it minimize the chances of hitting any major vessel.
1. Korbet SM. Percutaneous renal biopsy. Semin Nephrol 2002; 22:254.
2. Whittier WL, Korbet SM. Renal biopsy: update. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 2004; 13:661.
3. Korbet SM, Volpini KC, Whittier WL. Percutaneous renal biopsy of native kidneys: a single-center experience of 1,055 biopsies. Am J Nephrol 2014; 39:153.
5. Shidham GB, Siddiqi N, Beres JA, et al. Clinical risk factors associated with bleeding after native kidney biopsy. Nephrology (Carlton) 2005; 10:305.
6. Wiseman DA, Hawkins R, Numerow LM, Taub KJ. Percutaneous renal biopsy utilizing real time, ultrasonic guidance and a semiautomated biopsy device. Kidney Int 1990; 38:347.