Colour-coded Doppler sonography in monitoring native kidney biopsies

Nephrol Dial Transplant. 1994;9(9):1260-3.


Two hundred and one patients had biopsies of their native kidneys with ultrasound-guided needle technique. They were evaluated on the second post-biopsy day with colour-coded Doppler sonography. Ten patients out of these 201 were found to have an arteriovenous fistula, which remained asymptomatic for the whole follow-up period (follow-ups ranged from 2 to 31 months). Four of these 10 patients developed a perirenal haematoma as well and five macroscopic haematuria. Our study shows that the systematic use of colour-coded Doppler sonography after renal biopsy facilitates diagnosis of arteriovenous renal fistula.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / etiology
  • Biopsy, Needle / adverse effects*
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Humans
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney / pathology*
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney Diseases / etiology
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Renal Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Renal Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Technetium Tc 99m Mertiatide
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Color*


  • Technetium Tc 99m Mertiatide