The evolution of the Banff classification schema for diagnosing renal allograft rejection and its implications for clinicians

Indian J Nephrol. 2010 Jan;20(1):2-8. doi: 10.4103/0971-4065.62086.


Till the early 1990s there was no standardized international classification of renal allograft biopsies resulting in considerable heterogeneity in reporting among the various centers. A group of dedicated renal pathologists, nephrologists, and transplant surgeons developed a schema in Banff, Canada in 1991. Subsequently there have been updates at regular intervals. The following review presents the evolution of the Banff classification and its utility for clinicians.

Keywords: Banff classification; renal allograft biopsy; updates.