Core Curriculum in Nephrology
Installments of the Core Curriculum in Nephrology provide trainees in nephrology with a strong knowledge base in core topics in the specialty by providing an overview of the topic and citing key references, including the foundational literature that led to current clinical approaches.
- The kidney biopsy is an essential tool for diagnosis of many kidney diseases. Obtaining an adequate biopsy sample with appropriate allocation for various studies is essential. Nephrologists should understand key lesions and their interpretation because these are essential elements underlying optimal approaches for interventions. This installment in the AJKD Core Curriculum in Nephrology will review these topics. We will first briefly discuss considerations for allocation and processing of kidney biopsies.
- The kidney biopsy is an invaluable tool that has become the gold standard for the diagnosis of pathologic kidney diseases since the early 1950s. Throughout the years, immunohistologic and ultrastructural microscopy techniques have improved and provide more information on the cause and classification of kidney diseases than that available from simple light microscopy alone. Kidney biopsy has become a preferred method to obtain critical information that can be used in conjunction with serologic, urinary, and genetic testing to diagnose a variety of kidney diseases, both acute and chronic.