Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 2597–2603 | Cite as

Ultrasound-guided renal transplant biopsy: practical and pragmatic considerations

  • Maitray D. PatelEmail author
  • Scott W. Young
  • J. Scott Kriegshauser
  • Nirvikar Dahiya


Sonographically guided percutaneous core biopsy of renal allografts has been performed for decades, providing valuable information in monitoring the status of normally functioning renal transplants as well as investigating the cause of renal transplant dysfunction. This article reviews practical aspects of biopsy technique using the cortical tangential approach, with consideration of factors that may influence biopsy success, including selection of biopsy device. Clinically important complications from renal transplant biopsy are uncommon; the most recent experience for one institution is analyzed in the context of existing evidence regarding the frequency and timing of these major complications, to understand pragmatic implications for peri-procedural care.


Radiology Ultrasound Renal transplant Biopsy Device Complications 


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This study has no funding.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maitray D. Patel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Scott W. Young
    • 1
  • J. Scott Kriegshauser
    • 1
  • Nirvikar Dahiya
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMayo Clinic ArizonaPhoenixUSA

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