Kidney Pathology

Kidney Pathology

Conclusive Testing

If you suspect you have a kidney disease or have been advised by your physician to seek a nephrologist, the next step will likely be a more conclusive test. While a urine and blood analysis can show proteinuria (protein in the urine) or abnormal creatinine levels (kidney function indicator), the only way to definitively diagnose a kidney disease and the specific type of kidney disease is through a kidney biopsy.

Kidney Biopsy

The kidney biopsy itself is a relatively simple procedure. Most biopsies are conducted under local anesthesia and a small tissue sample of both kidneys is taken via a long needle. Kidney biopsies can also be done operatively. Both kidneys need to be biopsied in order to determine how much damage or kidney function has been lost in each respective kidney. This will help your nephrologist determine what course of treatment is in your best interests.

Testing the Biopsy Sample

Once the kidney biopsy is complete, the pathologist will run three different tests. All three must be completed in order to fully diagnose a kidney disease. Not all pathology labs run all three tests, and your kidney samples may have to go to more than one lab. These tests are conducted under an electron microscope and will also reveal how much damage there has been to your kidneys.

The three tests are as follows:

1. Immunofluorescence

2. Light microscopy

3. Original magnification

The results from the pathology reports will give a conclusive diagnosis of your condition. This is the first step in getting better, since knowing what your kidney disease is will help your nephrologist better understand how to treat you.

Florida and US Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you suspect that misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment of kidney disease worsened your medical condition, please contact an experienced Miami medical malpractice attorney at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A.. We are located in Miami, Florida, but we consult and work with injury attorneys across the United States as we seek to help people in this highly specialized area.

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