Renal biopsy-related hemorrhage: frequency and comparison of CT and sonography

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Nov-Dec 1987;11(6):1031-4. doi: 10.1097/00004728-198711000-00021.


To evaluate the frequency of retroperitoneal hemorrhage related to renal biopsy, we prospectively assessed 182 patients (200 biopsies) using state-of-the-art CT and ultrasound. Our study revealed definite CT evidence of hemorrhage after 90.9% of biopsies. In a blinded analysis of images obtained in biopsied patients and in unbiopsied control patients the overall accuracy of CT was 93.8 versus 76.4% for ultrasound. Our data suggest that detectable hemorrhage is virtually always seen after renal biopsy and its frequency is much higher than noted in earlier studies.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy / adverse effects*
  • False Negative Reactions
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Hematoma / diagnosis
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Hemorrhage / diagnosis*
  • Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney / injuries*
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis
  • Kidney Diseases / etiology
  • Retroperitoneal Space
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Ultrasonography*